Gary Davies takes Tesco Professorship

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In a partnership with retail giant, Tesco, Manchester Business School has announced the appointment of retail and strategy expert, Gary Davies, to a Professorial post funded by Tesco.

Under the strategic partnership, Tesco will harness Professor Davies’ research expertise, to work on projects across their business in the UK.

Gary Davies is a Professor of Strategy at Manchester Business School where he has worked since 1992. His interest in the retail sector began during his time as retail audit manager at Mars Group, where he analysed trends in the retail sector. Early in his academic career he led the development of the country’s first degree in retailing and his publications include four books about retail and articles in international retail and marketing journals.

He commented: “I’m looking forward to working more closely with Tesco, one of Britain’s most successful companies and a truly global force in the retail sector. I expect my own teaching and research to benefit from the relationship and hope that I can make a small contribution to Tesco’s future.”

Professor Davies will be working closely with Tesco’s Corporate Affairs Team.

Adam Williams, Corporate Affairs Manager at Tesco, said: “We are delighted to be working with Professor Davies and looking forward to drawing on his research and expertise. We have a strong longstanding relationship with Manchester Business School and this is another exciting way for us to collaborate.”

Professor Fiona Devine, Acting Head at Manchester Business School, said: “Tesco is a long-standing partner of the University of Manchester with the Tesco Chair first being established at MBS over seven years ago. The University’s Sustainable Consumption Institute was created with Tesco’s support in 2007 and former Tesco CEO, Sir Terry Leahy, is an MBS alumnus. I look forward to our relationship with Tesco continuing through their joint-research with Professor Davies over the coming months and years.”

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