Sir Terry Leahy has secured a swift return to the corporate arena after bagging an advisory role with US private equity group Clayton Dubilier & Rice.

The former Tesco chief executive handed over the reins to Philip Clarke in March and had previously indicated he would concentrate on investing in smaller businesses.

Clayton Dubilier & Rice is among the bidders for the RAC and owns car rental company Hertz.

“There are only three categories [of adviser]: full-time, window-dressing and putting in enough hours to make a meaningful contribution,” Sir Terry said. “This is in the last category.”

The role for Sir Terry mirrors a similar appointment for Sir Stuart Rose, who joined Bridgepoint Capital as an adviser after concluding his tenure as Marks & Spencer boss. 

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