The appointment of Unilever executive Dave Lewis as Tesco chief executive will bring the company a "wealth of international consumer experience", Tesco's chairman has said.
Sir Richard Broadbent said the company's board felt Mr Lewis' leadership would "sustain and improve [Tesco's} leading position in the retail market".
Mr Lewis is replacing current chief executive Philip Clarke, a Tesco veteran who worked his way to the top job after beginning on the shop floor.
The 49-year old has spent 28 years at Unilever, the company behind a huge range of household brands including Flora, Dove, Wall's and PG Tips.
He was previously Unilever's UK and Ireland chairman, then president for the Americas before moving to his current role as Global President, Personal Care.
More top news
West Ham's dramatic FA Cup win over Liverpool will go down as one of the club's greatest ever games, says Slaven Bilic.
Scotland will see a mixture of sunshine and showers today, with some showers turning wintry in places.
Two men seen as alternative voices to the US political establishment have won decisive victories in the New Hampshire presidential primary.