Charles Wilson (pictured) will continue to lead the Booker business but will step down from his role as Tesco’s UK chief executive as he recuperates from treatment for throat cancer.
Jason Tarry, the group’s chief product officer, will take his place as chief executive of Tesco UK on 16 July.
Tesco said in a statement: “Following an operation to remove his tonsils in April this year, Charles Wilson was diagnosed with throat cancer. During May and June, he has been undergoing daily radiotherapy.”
According to the company, all the signs are that Wilson’s treatment has been successful but there is a need for him to “remain vigilant in his recuperation”.