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Tesco veteran Tony Hoggett quits group

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FILE PHOTO: A shopper passes christmas trees for sale at Tesco supermarket amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - Tesco's chief strategy and innovation director Tony Hoggett is to leave Britain's biggest retailer after an over 31-year career with the group.

An internal note from Tesco CEO Ken Murphy to colleagues, seen by Reuters, confirmed Hoggett's departure.

His exit was first reported by industry publication Retail Week, which said he was taking a new role in the sector.

Hoggett was group chief operating officer from late 2018 to April this year when he took up the strategy role.

He is the first high profile departure since Murphy became CEO in October last year.

Alan Stewart retired as finance chief in April this year but his exit was announced in June 2020.

Similarly Charles Wilson stepped down as boss of Tesco's Booker business in February, having announced his departure in September.

(Reporting by James Davey; editing by David Evans)

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