Reid will be at the helm of the industry body, which has more than 500 member companies, including manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, catering companies and farmers.
He will chair the Policy Issues Council at the IGD, which is an industry leaders’ forum looking at the long-term challenges facing the industry, including nutrition, crisis management, support for British agriculture
and improving supply chain efficiency.
Reid joined Tesco as finance director in 1985, subsequently taking responsibility for IT, distribution and business development.
He was appointed deputy chairman in June 1993, with responsibility for Tesco's overseas development and operations in central Europe, Ireland and Asia, and became chairman last year.
Sykes, who is supporting Reid on the council, started out as an engineer but joined Gillette in 1978, becoming European sales and marketing director in 1989.
In 1991 Sykes became MD of McCormick Foods, then moved on in 1995 to become MD of Spillers UK, which was acquired by Nestlé in 1998, when Sykes was appointed MD of Nestlé Rowntree.