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Matt Simister CEO of Tesco Central Europe

Matt joined Tesco's UK marketing team in 1996. He has been involved with Central European subsidiaries since 2005, as former trade director for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and as food trade, purchasing and supply chain manager at Group level for food products. In 2005, he returned to the UK to lead the transformation of the local food business. In April 2017, he was appointed Central European CEO and has since been responsible for all Tesco operations in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. At the same time, he became a member of the Tesco Executive Committee.

Hugh Garavelli Director of Property for Central Europe

Hugh is responsible for Tesco's real estate in Central Europe. He joined Tesco in 1989 as an operations planning manager at the store planning department. Since then, he has held additional real estate positions in the UK and other countries. Prior to joining Tesco, he worked for a grocery retailer: Woolworths. In September 2017, he took up his current position, Director of Property for Central Europe. He and his wife Fran have two children: Clara and William.

Patrik Dojčinovič

Patrik started his career as a sales director in 2006. Tesco has offered him a position based on his international experience at McDonald's and Ahold. He sought new directors and experienced colleagues in various fields to support the company's dynamic growth. Patrik initially worked in England, where he spent about 7 months in various department stores and headquarters to learn about Tesco's operations, corporate culture and, to quote him, absorb the spirit of one of the world's most successful retail companies. He has experience in operational and commercial positions, but has also gained experience in telecommunications at Tesco mobile.

Ian Hutchins Director of Communications for Central Europe and CSR Director for Tesco Group

Ian leads our communications teams in Central Europe and runs our Little Helps Plan Corporate Social Responsibility program across Tesco. In Europe, he is responsible for our communication with colleagues, the media, the government and corporate social responsibility. He joined Tesco in 1998 in the Tesco Graduate Program and spent most of his time with the Tesco Group Communications team, including roles in the media team, communication with colleagues, corporate social responsibility and government affairs. While working for Tesco, he has worked on several major corporate communications projects. Ian is fluent in Polish and is an enthusiastic student of Central European history and politics. Before joining Tesco, he worked for Shell.

Scott Fitzgerald Chief Financial Officer for Central Europe
Martin Kuruc CEO, Slovakia

Martin started his career in Tesco as a manager of long-lasting food in a hypermarket in Petrzalka in 2000. It was a really interesting experience for him - to be part of the team that opened the first Tesco hypermarket in the Slovak capital, Bratislava. Martin has been working in Tesco since its entry into the Slovak market. He later opened the Tesco store in Piešťany and led several sales teams, both small and large, in the central office where he led the Supply Chain and Distribution teams, as well as the operations support team in Slovakia and the Czech Republic and held the position of Chief Operating Officer.

Martin was appointed Managing Director in Slovakia in June 2018, where he is responsible for implementing the company's strategy towards customers, employees and the community. He sees this as a thrilling responsibility, and takes pride in the dedication of Tesco teams at department stores, distribution centers and business centers to improving the customer experience and creating a great work environment every day.

Pálinkás Zsolt CEO, Hungary

Zsolt joined Tesco in 2003. He started as department store manager and worked in various operational positions until 2006. He then became a marketing project manager for one of our flagship projects. He spent a year in marketing, then as a purchaser in the commercial business, then became the commercial director for fresh and GM products.

In March 2019 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Central Europe. In this position, Zsolt is responsible for Supply Chain, Retail Management, Logistics and Distribution, Operational Development, Support and Online Business at Tesco's subsidiaries in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland.

Simon Williams Director of Central Europe Business Center Team

Simon joined Tesco in 1995, and since then has worked in various departments focusing on real estate management or non-food business development. In 2007, he was promoted to Director of Small Business Formats and led the SE Superstores team while the business focused on the dynamic expansion of Express. In March 2011, Simon became Director of Acquisitions, Assets and Real Estate at the Tesco Group level, where he led work on plans for new acquisitions, their structure and strategic partnerships with tenants in Central Europe and Asia. In September 2013, he moved to China where he assumed the position of Managing Director of our Chinese asset management company and led its integration into a joint venture with China Resources Holdings. He currently serves as the Central European Rental Director with direct responsibility for our 419 shopping centers.

Katarína Navrátilová CEO, Czech Republic

Katarína has been working for Tesco since 2000, when she became purchasing coordinator. Since then, she has gone through several positions, which allowed her to learn a lot about the different parts of the business. After several positions in the commercial department, Katarína moved to Turkey, where she took over the role of Sales Director at Tesco - Kipa and at the same time became a member of the Board of Directors. After returning home she became HR Director for Central Europe and a member of the Exec team. She currently holds the position of Product Director for Central Europe and plays a key role in building partnerships with our suppliers, enabling us to deliver healthy, affordable and sustainable products to our customers.

Jiří Maňas IT Director for Central Europe

Jiří has been a Central European IT Director and Member of Tesco since July 2019. Prior to Tesco, for the past three years, he was the Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Home Credit, Vietnam. He has extensive experience in banking, finance and IT, and has won the ASEAN CIO 2017 award. Jiří studied cybernetics and artificial intelligence at the Czech Technical University in Prague. Married, father of three boys, likes to play football in his spare time. The motto of his life is "He who lives in fear is only half living."

Jiří Černý Director of the Legal Department for Central Europe

Jiří joined us from Microsoft, where he was responsible for managing legal and corporate affairs in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Before joining Microsoft, Jiri spent time in both a regional law firm and working as an in house lawyer for British Telecommunications where he was responsible for legal affairs across CEE.  

Jiří became Director of the Legal Department for Central Europe.

He is responsible for ensuring that legal teams across Central Europe are good business partners for the rest of the company, contributing to the business plan while effectively protecting the entire company, colleagues and ensuring that Tesco customers are at the heart of everything the company does. By providing legal advice, implementing corporate policies and ethical standards, Jiří and his team actively support and oversee compliance and business integrity.

Matthew Kay Marketing Director for Central Europe

Matt is responsible for Marketing, Tesco Mobile and Tesco Financial Services. He joined Tesco in 2003 and began his career as part of a fresh graduate program. Over the past 15 years, he has held various positions where he was responsible for marketing communications and strategy, and offering to customers. Prior to taking up his current position, he served as the Tesco Group Brand Manager for own brands and launched a range of our own brand Exclusively at Tesco, tailored to customer needs. He also held the position of Marketing Director for Jack's New Format in the UK. In February 2019, Matt was appointed to his current position as Marketing Director for Central Europe.

Martin Beháň

Martin is responsible for Tesco in Poland offering its customers something extra every day and creating a great place to work for Polish colleagues. Martin is also responsible for managing all retail channels - including hypermarkets, small formats and online formats, as well as managing the company in the country as a whole.

Martin joined Tesco in 2002 as a new business manager, working in this position for 2 years. He built on his previous experience at Tesco as well as two years as Key Account Manager at LG Electronics. Since 2006, he has worked in various operating positions in Tesco including area manager for small formats, store manager in a department store in Prague and area manager for hypermarkets. In recent years, he worked as Director for Small Formats in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and for one year held this position for the whole of Central Europe. During his three years in managing small business formats, Martin was also responsible for Žabka's business in the Czech Republic as CEO. After three years of business experience, he moved to Poland in March 2016, where he worked as Sales Director. Since April 2017 Martin has been working as Managing Director for Poland.

Ela Golab HR Director for Central Europe

Ela is responsible for Tesco's employees in Central Europe. Her main task is to provide the organization with the talented staff to implement the business strategy, the right skills, agile structures tailored to the business needs, and a great culture in which colleagues have many opportunities for development and enjoy working at Tesco.

Ela joined Tesco in 2006 as Communications Manager in Poland, where she was responsible for internal and external communications, leading the project on the first community support plan in Poland. After two years, she moved to the Human Resources Department as Education and Development Manager, where she launched, among other initiatives, an extensive management skills development program called "Strong Leadership - Better Results". In 2010 she was promoted to the position of HR Director in Poland to support the creation of a great place to work.

After establishing a joint management for Central Europe, she assumed the role of Operations Human Resources Director. Since June 2018 she has held her current position as HR Director for Central Europe.

Before joining Tesco, she worked in various positions, including the role of marketing director on television. She also held a corporate leadership position at Philip Morris, where she led CSR prevention programs for youth smoking.