Tesco F&F international sourcing and logistics director Christophe Roussel is leaving the business at the end of the month, Drapers understands.
Roussel, who is based in Hong Kong, has headed the sourcing arm of Tesco’s clothing business for the last 11 years since joining in 2004. Before that he was head of sourcing for non-food at Sainsbury’s for just under a year.
One supply director said: “His knowledge gave substance to [Tesco’s sourcing] operation and put the right people in place. He was instrumental in making it a professional business.
When asked if Roussel’s departure will damage the supermarket’s supply chain he added:
“The damage has already been done. The UK teams are disorganised and the sourcing offices abroad [which Roussel is in charge of] are left to face the music when the UK buyers change their minds. There is a lot of internal politics going on.”
The move is the latest blow for the troubled supermarket, which last week confirmed the locations of 43 stores that will close this spring, including seven superstores stocking the F&F fashion brand.
A Tesco spokewoman said: “As we made clear at our trading update on January 8, we will be cutting costs across our head office functions by 30%. These changes are under way, starting at the top of the business. When the consultation process is complete we will provide further information.”