Darren Blackhurst promoted to Group Trading Director 27 Jan 2006

Andy Bond, President and Chief Executive Officer or ASDA, today communicated the following message to staff:

“I have recently been looking at the roles and responsibilities of my Executive team. One of the conclusions I have reached is that the clarity of our trading proposition should be the responsibility of one individual. Darren Blackhurst...has made a major contribution to spearheading our Food Trading proposition in the past few years. Food has continued to outperform the business plan, and the wider market... Darren is a natural trader, and I have asked him to take on the wider role as Group Trading Director.”

Blackhurst joined ASDA from Tesco Thailand in 2006.

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