“Brilliant” wholesale leader steps down

Charles Wilson, Booker MD, has announced his decision to leave the business in February 2021

“Charles leaves an incredible legacy of building the UK’s leading wholesale business, championing customer satisfaction and driving growth. He has been a wonderful colleague and team player to us all, and we are very grateful for all he has brought to Tesco and the team,” said a company statement.

While Wilson remains in remission from throat cancer, he has made the decision to step back from work. He joined Booker 15 years ago, merging with Tesco in 2018. He will be replaced by Andrew Yaxley, currently chief product officer of Tesco.

“Charles’s reputation in the UK food business is unparalleled and for very good reason,” said Dave Lewis, Tesco Group chief executive (pictured on the right with Wilson in the image above). “The transformation of Booker over the last 15 years is one of the most remarkable business case studies in recent history. Since the merger with Tesco he has been a superb member of the executive team and a brilliant colleague.

“Whilst we are very sad to see him retire, we completely understand and wish Charles and his family all the very best for the future. I know that he will stay a massive supporter of the Tesco/Booker business and he will always remain a friend to many colleagues.”

Wilson said: “It has been a privilege serving our retail and catering customers and a pleasure working with a great team at Tesco/Booker. It is time to take things a little easier and I look forward to seeing the group flourish in the years ahead. I will not be selling any Tesco shares in the next few years and will remain a committed supporter of the company.”

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