Your browser is no longer supported. For the best experience of this website, please upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Asda's Andy Clarke tipped for CEO role

Andy Clarke, chief operating officer of grocer Asda, has been tipped to take over as chief executive.

Asda declined to comment today on whether Clarke was set to take over as chief executive but confirmed that the grocer’s chief merchandising officer Darren Blackhurst left this week.

Clarke had been a frontrunner to take over from chief executive Andy Bond, following the news last month that Bond was poised to step in to the role of chairman once a new chief executive was appointed. Clarke is thought to be very highly regarded at US parent company Walmart.

Other leading internal candidates finance director Judith McKenna and Walmart Canada boss David Cheesewright ruled themselves out of the running.

Blackhurst, who was also thought to be in the running for the chief executive position, is the second high profile retailer to have left his role following the decision to appoint a new chief executive. Yesterday, M&S finance chief Ian Dyson stepped down from his role, just one day after Marc Bolland joined as chief executive of the retail chain.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Do these guys have any experience with fashion? I am pretty sure they do not. With George at Asda a growing part of the business, whoever takes up the role needs to have a bit of fashion nous, or be quick to learn.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Andy Clarke was retail director of Matalan and left there in 2003.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.