Philip Clarke (businessman)

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Philip Clarke
Born Philip Andrew Clarke
(1960-03-08) 8 March 1960 (age 58)
Liverpool, UK
Residence Hertfordshire
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Liverpool
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1981–present
Salary £1,171,000[1]
Term 2011–2014
Predecessor Sir Terry Leahy
Successor Dave Lewis
Spouse(s) Linda Clarke
Children 2

Philip Andrew Clarke (born 8 March 1960) is a British businessman. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Tesco plc until 1 September 2014.[2]


Early life[edit]

He was born in Liverpool, where his father was a Tesco store manager in the Wirral for many years, and gave Clarke his first job as a schoolboy in 1974.[3]

He was educated at the Liverpool Blue Coat School and went on to graduate with an economics degree from the University of Liverpool.[4]


Having initially stacked shelves at his local Tesco, he returned after graduating to join the Tesco Management Training Programme in 1981.[5][6] Appointed to the Board of Directors in 1998,[7] he then went on to replace Sir Terry Leahy in 2011. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Goods Forum.[8] Philip has announced that he is leaving Tesco's board, effective 1 October 2014, which was brought forward to 1 September 2014.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife, Linda, and has two children.[10]


  1. ^ "Philip Andrew Clarke: Executive Profile". Business Week. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Codd, Danielle (2011-04-19). "BBC News - Profile: Who is Tesco's new boss Philip Clarke?". Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  3. ^ "Phillip Clarke". European CEO. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Relentless rise to the top of Tesco's 'Mr Supply Chain'". London Evening Standard. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Andrew Oxlade (2010-06-08). "Philip Clarke is Tesco's new boss, so where has he come from?". This is Money. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  6. ^ "Philip Clarke: the new man behind Tesco". Telegraph. London. 2010-02-28. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  7. ^ "Board of Directors - Tesco PLC". Archived from the original on 10 September 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Consumer Goods Forum website, Board of Directors Archived 31 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ BBC News (2014-07-21). "PTesco boss Philip Clarke to leave retailer". Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  10. ^ Zoe Wood and Graeme Wearden (2010-06-08). "Philip Clarke: a profile of Tesco's next chief executive | Business". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2011-07-07.