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 Executive sponsor of Asda's Pride Colleague Resource Group, Derek is committed to supporting the team in celebrating Pride throughout the year and ensuring there is an environment at Asda that supports all of our LGBT+ colleagues to feel like they can bring their true selves to work everyday.
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.