PJ Clarke has been appointed as the new chief executive of Tesco Ireland, following the announcement that Tony Keohane is to step down from the role on 1 July.
Keohane, who has served seven years as chief executive, is to become Chairman of Tesco Ireland.
Keohane joined Quinnsworth as a management trainee in 1978 and was appointed to the Quinnsworth Board in 1995. As Retail Support Director, he successfully managed the integration of Tesco in Ireland, and subsequently was Property and Supply Chain Director and a Stores Director in the UK. He chaired the Government’s Services Strategy Group in 2007. He has been CEO since 2006.
Clarke has held a number of senior roles in Tesco since joining the company in 1974.
Following a succession of roles in stores and retail operations in the UK, he was appointed International Format Director and later CEO for Tesco in the combined Czech and Slovak businesses in 2005. In 2010, he was appointed CEO for Tesco's business in the Czech Republic and in 2012 became CEO of Tesco Japan.