Charles Wilson to lead Tesco’s UK&I wholesale and retail operations

Booker CEO Charles Wilson with Tesco boss Dave Lewis
Booker CEO Charles Wilson (left) with Tesco boss Dave Lewis

Booker boss Charles Wilson is set to take charge of Tesco’s UK and Ireland retail and wholesale operations after the companies’ merger.

Ahead of the publication of its prospectus on the Booker/Tesco merger, which Tesco said should be complete by 5 March, the supermarket giant revealed that Booker boss Wilson would replace Matt Davies as its UK and Ireland chief.

Davies, who has been in the role for three years, will stay on to complete a handover, before departing at the end of April.

The move fuels speculation that Wilson, who has led Booker since 2005, is being lined up as Tesco chief executive officer Dave Lewis’ eventual successor.

Lewis said Wilson would bring “substantial commercial and retail experience” and praised his “exceptional track record of increasing performance and driving growth in customer-focused businesses”.

Martyn Fisher
Martyn Fisher is the Editor of Better Wholesaling. Martyn can be found on Twitter on @BW_Martyn, or can be contacted via and 020 3871 6490.


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