Tesco‘s incoming CEO Philip Clarke has announced the make-up of his executive committee, which will take effect when he takes over the reins of the UK’s largest grocery operator in March.

The company said today (27 January) that the executive committee, which has six members, will sit below the plc board. “Given that the size and scope of the business has grown enormously in recent year, it is now the right time to enlarge it,” said Clarke.

The new members of the executive committee will include Gordon Fryett, who will take responsibility for Tesco’s property strategy; Alison Horner, the retailer’s recently-appointed personnel director; and Trevor Masters, who is responsible for operations in Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Turkey.

The company also today appointed Mike McNamara as chief information officer, with responsibility for both IT strategy and operations across the group. He will join the executive committee, as will recently-appointed internet retailing director Ken Towle and Laura Wade-Gery, who was recently appointed as commercial director for UK clothing, electronics and general merchandise.

Tesco said it will shortly be appointing a group commercial director, who is also expected to join the executive committee.

Existing members of the committee are: CFO Laurie McIlwee; Tim Mason, chief executive of Tesco’s US arm Fresh & Easy; Richard Brasher, boss of its UK operations; Andrew Higginson, CEO of Tesco’s services business; corporate and legal affairs director Lucy Neville-Rolfe; and Asia CEO David Potts.