Tesco exec fired over accounting crisis named MD of ‘private poultry empire’

Former Tesco commercial director Kevin Grace – who was sacked over the accounting crisis which engulfed Britain’s biggest food retailer in 2014 – has re-emerged at the private poultry empire owned by Ranjit Boparan.

According to Sky News, Kevin Grace, who was Tesco’s commercial director until his dismissal, has joined Boparan Private Office as managing director of manufacturing operations across brands such as Bernard Matthews, the prominent turkey producer.

He was among a group of Tesco executives dubbed ‘Tesco eight’ who lost their jobs when the company reported a ‘huge black hole’ in its finances, sparking a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) inquiry.

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Although the Big 4 grocer paid £129 million to settle with the SFO in 2017, two of the supermarket’s former bosses who were charged by the agency were acquitted the following year.

Grace was not among the executives pursued by the SFO. In 2017, he sued the retailer for wrongful dismissal, claiming he was owed a reported £600,000.

Tesco is among the customers supplied by Boparan-owned brands such as Bernard Matthews and Banham poultry.

His arrival comes as industry executives battle the effects of soaring inflation, with numerous warnings in recent weeks about the impact on prices for consumers.

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