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Tesco names product officer Tarry as new UK boss after Wilson illness

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(Reuters) - Britain's biggest supermarket said its UK and boss Charles Wilson would be replaced by after Wilson was diagnosed with cancer.

Long-time employee Tarry will become of the UK and Republic of business, reporting to Dave Lewis, while his previous role as was handed to Andrew Yaxley, the boss of the unit.

Tesco said in a statement on Tuesday that Wilson, the well-respected former of which was bought by Tesco in March, has been responding well to radiotherapy and that the signs were that the treatment has been successful.

Tesco said that to help with Wilson's recovery his responsibilities would narrow to a focus on leading the business and delivering the cost synergies and growth plans envisaged from the combination of with Tesco.

He will continue to report to Lewis.

The reshuffle of Tesco's top management team comes at a time of change in Britain's supermarket sector as Tesco faces losing its long-held number one spot in the UK to second-ranked Sainsbury's which agreed to buy owned Asda, the number three in April.

Tesco said the changes would be effective from July 16.

(Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Kate Holton)

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 12:19 IST
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