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Our Leadership team

Kari Daniels Chief Executive

As CEO, Kari is responsible for leading the Tesco business in the Republic of Ireland, having joined in 2018.

Kari has a career spanning over 30 years in FMCG, manufacturing and retail  in both Commercial and Marketing functions. In her 19 years at Tesco, she has held several senior commercial and marketing roles in the UK and Europe including director of brand in UK Marketing. Prior to Tesco she was a commercial director at Superdrug and spent six years in FMCG brand marketing at Wella and SC Johnson, having started her career in clothing at Arcadia.

Kari is a member of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (Ibec) board, and also sits on the Business in the Community Leaders’ Group on Sustainability, which is a coalition of Ireland’s leading organisations that is striving to improve the sustainability of the Irish business sector. She is a passionate supporter of Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace.

Geoff Byrne Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Geoff is responsible for developing Tesco Ireland’s operational strategy and building capability, while overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Irish business to include the business’ property portfolio and footprint, as well as the Grocery Home Shopping operation.

Geoff has worked in Tesco for over 30 years. He was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in June 2014 and prior to this he was People Director.  He has held a variety of lead roles across retail, people and project-based management functions of the business. Geoff also leads the company’s climate change work including environmental and energy management across our network, as part of our Little Helps Plan sustainability programme. Additionally, Geoff holds the chair of the Tesco Mobile Ireland board.

Joe Manning Commercial Director

As Commercial Director, Joe is responsible for ensuring the integrated commercial success of the business in Ireland.

Having worked across a variety of commercial roles in Ireland and the UK for Cadbury/Mondelez International, Joe joined Tesco in 2014 as Ambient Category Director, before assuming the role of Fresh Category Director in April 2017. Joe was then appointed Commercial Director in 2018. In addition to the commercial strategy, Joe oversees Sourcing and Food Waste elements of our Little Helps Plan, supplier relationships and our support of Irish agribusiness. He is also a member of the Board of Repak.

Cathal Deavy Customer Director

As Customer Director, Cathal is responsible for the marketing function in the Republic of Ireland.  He joined Tesco Ireland in February 2020.

Cathal’s career spans over 25 years. He has worked on global FMCG brands with Unilever in Ireland and internationally, grocery retail in Ireland and as an international marketing consultant for food & tech start-ups.  His responsibility includes the Tesco brand in Ireland, F&F and Tesco Mobile; always ensuring that the customer is at the heart of everything that we do.  Cathal is the executive sponsor for Diversity & Inclusion and is a member of the Tesco Ireland board.

Sarah Gallagher Legal Director

As Legal Director, Sarah is responsible for overseeing the legal and compliance functions across Tesco Ireland’s business.

Sarah joined Tesco in 2012 as Legal Director. Prior to joining Tesco, she spent four years at Eircom as Director of Commercial Legal Services. Sarah also champions health and safety under our Little Helps Plan sustainability strategy.

Rosemary Garth Communications Director

As Communications Director, Rosemary is responsible for corporate affairs and communications across Tesco Ireland’s business.

Rosemary joined Tesco Ireland in 2020. She is sponsor of Tesco Ireland’s sustainability strategy, the Little Helps Plan. She has over 25 years’ experience in communications and public affairs, working nationally and internationally in industry-wide and corporate roles, with a particular emphasis on food and drink.

Prior to Tesco, Rosemary was Director for Communications and Corporate Affairs for Irish Distillers, where she reported directly to the Chief Executive, and sat on the Executive Board. She also represented Irish Distillers in a global network of communications and public affairs professionals for its parent company Pernod Ricard. Prior to working at Irish Distillers, Rosemary held a variety of senior roles in the food and drinks sectors in Ibec.

Rosemary is a board member of Inner City Enterprise, a charity which assists unemployed people in Dublin’s inner city to set up their own business.

Maurice Kelly People Director

As People Director, Maurice is responsible for the ‘People’ function of Tesco Ireland, enabling a high performing business by creating an inclusive culture where our colleagues can thrive.

Maurice joined Tesco in 2020. He has over 20 years’ experience delivering best-practice strategic HR in multinational companies, partnering with Senior Executives and as a member of Global HR Leadership teams. His experience spans a range of diverse industries, including FMCG, Life Sciences and Manufacturing.

Prior to joining Tesco, he held the position of Senior HR Director for Global Business Functions at Kerry Group. Before joining Kerry, Maurice spent 5 years at Integra Lifesciences as Head of HR for their International Business.

Maurice is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for a not-for-profit organisation operating 4 regional centres across Ireland.

Surojit Majumder Finance Director