Tony Keohane, CEO, Tesco Ireland
Tony Keohane was appointed Chief Executive of Tesco Ireland in February 2006.
He began his career with the Quinnsworth business in 1978 as a Store Manager, including management of stores in Cork, Limerick and Dublin.
He was appointed a Regional Manager for Quinnsworth in 1981 with responsibility for some 20 stores in the west region, and became Stores Director in 1987. In 1995 he was appointed to the Board of Quinnsworth (then owned by Associated British Foods plc).
He was appointed a Director of Tesco Ireland in 1997, following the acquisition of the Quinnsworth/Crazy Prices business by Tesco plc. In 1999 he was appointed a Stores Director of Tesco in Britain with responsibility for the operation and performance of 25 Tesco stores in the Birmingham/Manchester area.
He returned to Tesco Ireland in 2001 to take up the position of Property and Supply Chain Director. He also led the significant transformation of the grocery supply chain infrastructure in Ireland, including the development of major distribution centres at Ballymun and Donabate.
He has chaired the Government appointed Services Strategy Group, which reported on a strategy to develop the Irish services sector.