Former Aldi boss to join Tesco as UK chief exec

Former Aldi boss Matthew Barnes will join Tesco next year as UK chief executive.

Barnes is taking over from Jason Tarry, who is stepping down from his role at the supermarket chain after 33 years at the company.

The ex-Aldi chief executive also previously held the role of co-head of Aldi Sud’s executive board, where he was responsible for several of the company’s international businesses and its global sourcing, buying and supply chain.

Tesco praised the outgoing chief executive for his role in guiding the company through its turnaround and the pandemic, whilst "rebuilding competitiveness" in the UK.

“I believe the combination of Matthew’s extensive retail experience, competitive spirit and challenger mindset will help us continue to win in the UK market and evolve our thinking about what customers will want from Tesco in the future," said Ken Murphy, Tesco Group chief executive. "We look forward to welcoming Matthew to Tesco early next year, and I’d like to thank Jason for all the support he has given to creating a smooth transition plan.”

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