Tesco has appointmented Guus Dekkers as its new chief technology officer to replace Edmond Mesrobian who is resigning.
Dekkers will join Tesco on April 16, reporting directly to group chief executive Dave Lewis.
Meanwhile, Mesrobian is returning to his home city of Seattle with his wife Holly and their four children.
Dekkers’ remit is to build on Mesrobian’s work over the last three years, including the strengthening of the grocery giant’s technological capability and to create “innovative retail solutions” for its customers.
Dekkers will make the move to the Big 4 retailer from Airbus, where he spent almost 10 years, most recently as chief information officer and senior vice-president.
He also extensive experience of driving large scale technology transformations thanks to an international career in advanced information technologies at Volkswagen, Johnson Controls Automotive Group, Siemens and Continental AG.
“[Dekkers] brings extremely strong expertise in driving large scale IT transformations, which will help us build on the progress we’ve been making to transform our business over the last three years,” Lewis said.
“I’m looking forward to working with him, and want to thank Edmond for all that he has done to build our technology capability and enhance our security and resilience since 2015.
“I completely understand Edmond’s desire to return home to Seattle and wish him and his family all the very best.”
Dekkers said: “I hope that my experience in large scale IT transformations, advanced information technologies, business process optimisations and digital innovations will allow me to support Tesco in translating rapidly evolving technological and digital capabilities into innovative solutions, helping us to serve our customers a little better every day.”
Mesrobian added: “It has been a privilege to be a member of Tesco’s leadership team and to lead the technology organisation over the past three years during Tesco’s turnaround.
“I remain humbled by the countless colleagues that welcomed me and patiently taught me the inner workings of retail at Tesco.
“I want to thank my team for embracing the opportunity to step-change our organisational capability, to re-imagine careers in technology, to adopt agile product development, to deliver API and data platforms powering our retail service model.”