Jesús Lorente was appointed to Asda’s Executive Board in 2017 as Chief Merchandising Officer. He joined Asda from Carrefour where he spent eight years, initially as Chief Supply Officer in Spain and latterly as its Chief Merchandising Officer.

With over 27 years’ experience in senior commercial roles in international retail and FMGC brands, Jesús brings a passion for fresh food and hypermarket retailing to Asda.

He began his career with Spanish engineering company, Sener, in 1989 before moving to Unilever in 1991. He spent the next 18 years in various senior roles in Spain, UK and the US in both the Home Care and Personal Care Divisions with local, regional and global responsibilities for Supply Chain, including leadership of its global Supply Chain strategy for the Skin Category.

Educated as a Mechanical Engineer at the University Pontificia Comillas ICAI in Madrid, he also holds a post-graduate degree in Business Administration from INSIDE, Universidad Comercial de Deusto in Bilbao.

Jesús is fluent in Spanish, English and French. Jesús enjoys travelling and has a keen interest in astronomy. Moving from Madrid, he now lives in Yorkshire with his wife.