The head of Tesco UK Charles Wilson will step down from the company board and his chief executive job after being diagnosed with throat cancer in April.
Wilson is set to remain on the executive committee, focusing on the the Booker part of the business.
‘Following an operation to remove his tonsils in April of this year, Charles Wilson was diagnosed with throat cancer,’ Tesco said in a statement.
Mega Merger: Charles Wilson, left, shakes hands with Tesco boss Dave Lewis
‘I was shocked to learn I had throat cancer. Thanks to some fantastic medical support I am pleased the treatment is going well and I am back to working full time,’ Wilson wrote in statement.
‘Advice suggests I am not fully up to running the Tesco UK & ROI business.’ He added.
The Hull-born businessman had been chief executive of wholesaler Booker until the company merged with Tesco earlier this year.
Wilson is widely credited with turning the Booker business around and had been tipped by analysts to replace Dave Lewis as the head of the Tesco Group.
AJ Bell investment director Russ Mould said: ‘Wilson is considered to be one of the best names in the retail industry and a potential successor to Tesco boss Dave Lewis longer term.’
Jason Tarry will become the new CEO of Tesco UK. All changes will come into effect from the 16th of July.