New Tesco CTO Guus Dekkers to start in April

UK grocer Tesco has appointed Guus Dekkers as its new chief technology officer, and he will start the role on 16 April.

The arrival of Dekkers comes following the retirement of Edmond Mesrobian, who held the role for almost three years after joining from Expedia in 2015.

Tesco talked up its new CTO’s extensive experience of driving large-scale technology transformations. It added that his career to date has involved multiple years in advanced information technologies at Volkswagen, Johnson Controls Automotive Group, Siemens, Continental, and most recently, as CIO of Airbus.

Group CEO at Tesco, Dave Lewis, said Dekkers will help the company build on the progress it has made in transforming its business over the last three years, following a period defined by an accounting scandal and record losses.

“I’m looking forward to working with him, and want to thank Edmond for all that he has done to build our technology capability and enhance our security and resilience since 2015,” he explained.

Dekkers added: “I hope that my experience in large scale IT transformations, advanced information technologies, business process optimisations and digital innovations will allow me to support Tesco in translating rapidly evolving technological and digital capabilities into innovative solutions.”

Tesco said Mesrobian is moving back to his home city of Seattle, US, with his family.

Mesrobian remarked: “It has been a privilege to be a member of Tesco’s leadership team and to lead the technology organisation over the past three years during Tesco’s turnaround.

“I want to thank my team for embracing the opportunity to step-change our organisational capability, to re-imagine careers in technology, to adopt agile product development, to deliver API and data platforms powering our retail service model.”

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