He was born in Liverpool, where his father was a Tesco store manager in the Wirral for many years, and gave Clarke his first job as a schoolboy in 1974.
He was educated at the Liverpool Blue Coat School and went on to graduate with an economics degree from the University of Liverpool. He is a lifelong Liverpool supporter and has a season ticket for same.
Having initially stacked shelves at his local Tesco, he returned after graduating to join the Tesco Management Training Programme in 1981. Appointed to the Board of Directors in 1998, he then went on to replace Sir Terry Leahy in 2011. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Goods Forum.
Tesco PLC is a British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer headquartered in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom. After Walmart, it is the second-largest retailer in the world measured by profits and second-largest retailer in the world measured by revenues. It has stores in 12 countries across Asia, Europe and North America and is the grocery market leader in the UK (where it has a market share of around 30%), Malaysia, the Republic of Ireland and Thailand.