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Tesco innovation boss Nick Lansley to leave grocer

One of the driving forces behind UK supermarket Tesco's innovation agenda over the last two decades is to leave the grocer next month, after 27 years at the business.

Nick Lansley, who is currently head of open innovation at Tesco Labs, the department which looks to design and develop tools that push through innovation at the supermarket, said he will step down on 13 April.

In an announcement on his blog, Lansley said that his employer had "amicably accepted" his request for voluntary redundancy, before revealing that he plans to take a summer break with his husband ahead of looking for more innovation work in the business world.

"After the summer, I want to get out there as an innovation insider and help companies who want to start their own innovation teams, or who are struggling to get traction with innovation projects," he noted.

"We made R&D/innovation work at Tesco, and I can make it work in many other companies too."

Lansley's blog was one of the first to start documenting and analysing in detail the impact technology was having on the retail industry, and it has become a key source for trade journalists and industry peers alike.

According to Lansley's LinkedIn profile, his Tesco career started as an analyst/programmer in 1987. He then worked in various tech roles that covered web development, research & development and innovation.

He blogged: "When I reflect on the last quarter century I've had enormous fun, from helping found and build Tesco's online service, a founding member of Tesco's staff network for LGBT colleagues, and helping create Tesco Labs innovation group with some incredibly talented people, to name but a few milestones."