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Boss of Tesco Mobile unexpectedly steps down

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Lance Batchelor, CEO of Tesco Mobile, has resigned from his position at the supermarket chain after two and a half years in the role, it was confirmed today.

A Tesco spokesman could not confirm what Batchelor’s future plans are and would only say that he is “pursuing other opportunities”.

Batchelor is replaced by Graham Harris who has been at the retailer since 2000 and has held the role of Commercial Director of Hardlines since 2005.

This latest managerial change comes after a number of senior positions in Tesco’s UK operations changed hands, with roles such as UK CEO, Chief Operating Officer, Property Director and Director of Internet Retailing all being filled by new staff members in the last month.

The handover period will take place over the next month or so, with Harris set to take his place at the head of Tesco Mobile by the end of February.

After qualifying with an MBA at Harvard Business School, Batchelor served as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy before working in marketing at fast moving consumer goods company Proctor & Gamble.

He started in retail at e-tailer Amazon in 2000, moved on to act as Chief Marketing Officer at Vodafone in 2002 and then became Marketing Director at Tesco in 2007.

Published on Tuesday 18 January by Editorial Assistant

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