Attended, St. Edwards College. Bachelor of Science in management science with honors, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, 1977.
Joined Tesco, 1979; commercial director fresh foods Tesco PLC, 1986, marketing director, since 1992, deputy managing director, 1995, Chief Executive Officer, since 1997. Visiting professor marketing University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, since 1984. Co-chancellor Manchester University.
European business leader Wall St. Journal, 2005.
Director Liverpool Vision.
Married Alison Leahy. Children: Kate, Tom, David.