Derek Lawlor started his retail career 29 years ago with Tesco. He has significant experience in both Commercial and Operations and has served in a range of leadership roles in the UK and Europe. In June 2015, he joined Asda as the Vice President of Fresh Food .

In May 2019, Derek was appointed to Asda’s Executive Board as the Chief Merchandising Officer for Food and General Merchandise and is also the Chairman of IPL. As the Executive Sponsor of Asda’s Wellbeing and Disability Colleague Resource Groups, Derek is committed to driving physical, mental and social wellbeing in Asda and looking at ways to make Asda more disability friendly for both colleagues and customers.

Derek lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two children and is an alumni of Harvard Business School having completed the Advanced Management Programme in 2017.