Renowned business leader Sir Terry Leahy to receive honorary doctorate from Edge Hill University
Sir Terry Leahy, credited with turning Tesco into one of the world’s leading supermarket chains, is to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Edge Hill University.
Sir Terry, whose contribution to the retail industry spans five decades, successfully devised and implemented the Tesco Clubcard loyalty programme.
He will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration during a ceremony at the University’s stunning campus in Ormskirk on Friday 21 July.
Born in Liverpool to an impoverished background, Sir Terry said: ‘I’m honoured to receive the award and excited to visit campus. It will be a privilege to receive my honorary doctorate alongside students graduating from business and management subjects. Edge Hill University has a great reputation for business which aligns with my own interests.’
Sir Terry’s association with Tesco began in 1979 when he joined the firm as a Marketing Executive, rising to become chief executive in 1997.
In recognition of his successful career, Sir Terry was granted freedom of the City of Liverpool and a knighthood in 2002. He was also named Britain’s ‘Business Leader of the Year’ in 2003, ‘Future European Businessman of the Year’ in 2004 and Most Influential Non-Elected Person in Britain 2007.
After leaving Tesco, Sir Terry went on to B&M Stores, where he was instrumental in more than doubling the number of outlets across the UK. He also steered the retailer onto the stock market, increasing revenue from £993m to £2.7bn.
Edge Hill is looking forward to welcoming Sir Terry onto campus during our graduation ceremonies this year, where he will address our business graduates upon receiving an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration (HonDBA).
This year, the University is also awarding Honorary Doctorates to award-winning journalist and TV presenter Clive Myrie, as well as CEO of Timpson Group, James Timpson.
Find out more about Edge Hill’s prestigious recipients of honorary awards on its website.
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