Tesco said its current CEO, Charles Wilson, is to step down from the role after being diagnosed with throat cancer in April of this year

Tesco said its current CEO, Charles Wilson, is to step down from the role after being diagnosed with throat cancer in April of this year

UK supermarket group Tesco has announced Jason Tarry, currently group chief product officer, is to become CEO of the company's UK and Republic of Ireland business.

In a statement, Tesco said its current CEO, Charles Wilson, is to step down from the role after being diagnosed with throat cancer in April of this year.

While Wilson has responded very well to treatment and all the signs indicate it has been successful, given the nature of the illness and the need for Wilson to remain vigilant in his recuperation, Tarry will transition to the role.

As a result, Wilson will step down as CEO Tesco UK and Republic of Ireland and from the PLC board, but remain on the Tesco executive committee. He will focus on leading the Booker business, continuing to deliver the cost synergies and driving the growth agenda set out in the merger agreement. As a member of the executive committee he will contribute to the broader Tesco UK Strategy. He will continue to report to Dave Lewis.

Meanwhile, Andrew Yaxley, currently CEO of the Ireland business, will be promoted to group chief product officer and join the Tesco executive committee. Both Tary and Yaxley will report to Dave Lewis.

All changes to responsibilities will be effective from 16 July.