Rod Addy
A radical shake-up in Tesco's supply chain operations has seen the departure of three key personnel.
The merger of two supply chain divisions follows rumours that Tesco has been suffering distribution problems.
Resignations came from Barry Knichel, international supply chain director, Ann Murray, a regional support office director, and Liam McElroy, a regional distribution director.
Stewart Ross has taken over the newly created role of distribution and supply chain director.
Group supply chain director David Wild, who has been heavily involved in Tesco's factory gate pricing strategy, has moved to work on international supply chain projects.
Tesco said further staff changes are being discussed.
A spokesman explained: "We had two divisions, one handling distribution from supplier to depot and one overseeing distribution from depot to store. We have now amalgamated these divisions and consequently several support functions had to be looked at. No one has been sacked."
The spokesman denied reports that the restructure was prompted by distribution problems at Tesco.
He said: "Our Christmas performance showed that we had dealt with any distribution problems that there might have been."
Graham Booth, also a supply chain director, has retired, but Tesco denied that this was connected with the changes, saying it had been planned for some time.