Profile: Guus Dekkers, Tesco's new Chief Technology Officer

- Leadership - Mar 16, 2018

Tesco has appointed Guus Dekkers to the role of Chief Technology Officer, replacing Edmond Mesrobian. Here we profile the British retailer's new technology chief.

The appointment of former Airbus CIO Guus Dekkers will be viewed as something of a coup for Tesco.

Dekkers takes on Tesco's transformation programme on the back of a career that has seen him work with some of the world's biggest companies in a number of important positions.

Educated in his native Netherlands at Radbound University and the Rotterdam School of Management, Dekkers joined the Volkswagen Group in June 1990 and progressed through a number of global information technology roles at the auto giant over eleven years.

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After a stint with Johnson Controls, he joined Siemens to oversee IT for its VDO brand before the company was taken over by Continental, where he took control of IT services for all of its automotive divisions.

Airbus came calling in in 2008 and during his near-decade with the French aviator, Dekkers harmonised a fragmented IT infrastructure and rolled out cross-divisional platforms. He was named Computer Week's CIO of the Year in 2013.

"I am excited to be joining Tesco," said Dekkers. "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."

Tesco CEO Dave Lewis added: "I’m delighted that Guus will be joining Tesco. He 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."

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