Terry Leahy

Travels from: United Kingdom

Known for transforming the supermarket industry

Categories: Business Speakers, CEO

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Sir Terry Leahy is known for his management, leadership, and passion for the retail industry. Having worked as Chief Executive of Tesco up until 2011, Leahy started his career as a shelf stacker as a young adult. 

In 2012, Terry published his first book ‘Management in Ten Words’, discussing ten essential management lessons he learned. He helps managers, CEOs and business leaders across the world understand what makes a great company and inspire them to create theirs into one.

Known for transforming the supermarket industry in Britain, Terry grew Tesco into the largest chain in the country and disrupting his competitors. His hands-on approach, expertise, and marketing strategies saw the retail giant expand substantially. Within Tesco, Terry has worked as Chief Executive, Marketing Executive, Marketing Director, appointed to the Board, as well as Deputy Managing Director. 

In 2007, Terry received a Knighthood for services to food retailing at the New Year Honours. He has also been nominated by Retail Week as Retail Leader of the Year, voted as Britain’s Most Admired Leader, and named European Businessman of the year. 

Away from Tesco, he is a Director on the Liverpool Vision Regeneration Board and a Senior Advisor to the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. 

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