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ASDA has appointed a Tesco senior manager as part of the ongoing restructure of its Executive Board. Darren Blackhurst, Commercial Director for Tesco Thailand, will join the business as Food Trading Director in January 2006.
In a new role for the company, Blackhurst will take responsibility for fresh food, grocery, beer, wines and spirits, meat, fish and poultry and bakery, reporting to ASDA Chief Operating Officer David Cheesewright.
Blackhurst joined Tesco as a graduate trainee in 1988, starting out predominantly in fresh food buying roles. In 1995 he took up an international role as Senior Buyer for Health, Beauty and Household for Tesco’s Catteau venture in France. He returned to the UK in 1997 to become Category Director for Frozen Food and then Health and Beauty. In his current role he heads a team of more than 300 people.