Tesco loses second female executive in a week as UK HR boss Judith Nelson quits

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The second senior female director in a week has quit struggling supermarkets group Tesco, the Standard understands.

Judith Nelson, its UK HR director who is responsible for the largest private-sector workforce in the country, has resigned, with staff informed yesterday.

Her exit follows that of Jill Easterbrook, who the Standard revealed on Monday is leaving less than a year into her latest role as head of business transformation. She had been a key lieutenant for chief executive Dave Lewis and a close confidant of former boss Phil Clarke.

Nelson has been with Tesco since she was a teenager, joining as a graduate trainee, despite not having a degree.

She worked her way up through the ranks and ran HR departments overseas for several years during the expansionist days under Sir Terry Leahy.

In 2011 Nelson came back to the UK to head up the HR department and was appointed to the operational board by then Tesco UK boss Richard Brasher.

In her most recent role Nelson oversaw 300,000 employees and was a board member of the company’s UK executive team.

A spokesperson said: “After 22 years at the company, UK and ROI People Director, Judith Nelson has decided to develop her career outside of Tesco.

Judith has been a core member of the team for many years and we’d like to thank her for her valuable contribution.”

It is not clear whether she has a job to go to, but Tesco said she will be replaced by business support director Natasha Adams.

Tesco shares hit an 18 year low this week, with investors starting to question whether the turnaround is working.

Source Article from http://www.standard.co.uk/business/tesco-loses-second-female-executive-in-a-week-as-uk-hr-boss-judith-nelson-quits-a3135261.html

December 11, 2015 |
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