Sir Terry Leahy


Joining Tesco in 1979 as a Marketing Executive, Sir Terry Leahy worked his way up the company ranks to become Chief Executive in 1997. Sir Terry guided the global brand for 13 years becoming an international retail giant, attracting one in every eight pounds spent in the UK whilst employing 350,000 staff in 2,000 stores worldwide. As a business speaker, Sir Terry centres his speeches on the finer points of retail including consumer behaviour and product placement.

Before Leahy’s control of Tesco, the firm were dedicated followers of Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s, who were both market leaders for their respective market sectors. Leahy saw that in order for Tesco to grow bigger, the company must not rely on retail convention and should follow a new path of basing actions on the outcomes of market research. The exponential growth experienced by this scheme also led to the introduction of the Tesco Clubcard Loyalty scheme, establishing a core group of loyal consumers whilst also creating a mechanism for monitoring shopper’s spending habits. As a leadership speaker, Sir Leahy incorporates his work for Tesco as a prime example of corporate transformation and managerial techniques.

During talks as a keynote speaker, Sir Terry focuses on innovation  and market research as the basis for growth in a firm, no matter how big or small. Terry emphasises as a business speaker why in retail any customer information must always feature into a decision making process, why choice is always essential and the need for talent to always rise to the top.

Sir Leahy believes that leadership in retail is less about what you do and more about what you cause others to do. Terry’s approacha

ble delivery of presentations as a keynote speaker also make him an ideal facilitator or host of event and conferences, relating well to audiences whilst ensuring everything runs to plan.

To book Sir Terry Leahy as the business keynote speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Terry is known to cover the following topics:

  • Retail Speaker
  • Drive & Determination
  • Confidence
  • Managerial
  • Corporate Turnaround
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Business Strategy
  • Customer Service
  • Leadership

Watch Terry delivering a speech here: