Chris Poad, who took up the position at Tesco in October 2019, has overseen the ‘Big Four’ grocers online department as it tackled the lockdown surge of home deliveries throughout the pandemic.
Poad said that during this time – which he labelled as “one of the most intense periods of his career” – Tesco managed to double the size of its business.
In a Linkedin post, Poad said: “After a fantastic few years at Tesco, I started my new role at Google this morning. Leading Tesco’s online business has been one of the most rewarding and, at times, intense periods of my career. We doubled the size of the business, launched new services, and supported millions of customers at a time when they really needed us.
“I am hugely proud of the team and the strategy I leave behind and wish my successor all the luck in the world. I’m very excited to meet my new colleagues and customers at Google Cloud over the coming weeks.”
Tesco has appointed its former Tesco Mobile CEO, Tom Denyard, as Poad’s replacement.