After the former chairman of Tesco resigned due to charges regarding his behavior, a new chairman has been named.
Burberry’s current chairman, Gerry Murphy, will take over for John Allan as of September.
Tesco said that Mr. Allan’s denials of three of the four accusations made against him by four women ran the risk of “becoming a distraction” for the business.
Mr. Murphy expressed his “delight” at joining the large retail chain.
The new chairman expressed his desire to “pay tribute” to Mr. Allan, whom he claimed to have “known for many years,” in a statement.
He continued, “John departed Tesco with its operations, management, and board in excellent form and ready for the future.
To “ensure he has sufficient capacity to act as chair of Tesco,” the retailer said, Mr. Murphy would step down from the ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle in September, another firm he chairs.
The new leader has held non-executive directorships with British American Tobacco, Merlin Entertainments, and the healthcare company Reckitt Benckiser in the past.
He most recently held the position of group chief executive for Kingfisher, the owner of B&Q and Screwfix.
According to a May Guardian article, Mr. Allan touched a Tesco employee at Tesco’s annual shareholder meeting the previous year.
Additionally, it was claimed that Mr. Allan, a former CBI president, “grabbed” a worker at an occasion the lobbying organization hosted in 2019. He earlier referred to these allegations as “simply untrue.”
The report also stated that he made a remark about a CBI employee’s bottom and outfit in 2021, but Mr. Allan claimed he does not remember this occurrence.
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