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Desert Island Discs - Sir Terry Leahy

Sir Terry Leahy, former CEO of Tesco, is interviewed by Kirsty Young, and discusses his path from shelf-stacker to chief executive.

Kirsty Young's castaway is Sir Terry Leahy, the businessman and former CEO of Tesco.

His first job with the company was as a teenager when he worked as a shelf-stacker, but he made his name transforming the supermarket from a lack-lustre brand into Britain's biggest retailer.

His ascent to the very top was marked by a fundamental understanding of his customers' needs and a single minded determination, powered, he says, by a fear of failure.

He says of himself, "I was a relatively shy guy from a council estate and an unlikely chief executive, I'm quite happy not to be in the limelight".

  • Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 9:00AM Fri, 8 Feb 2013
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 11:15AM Sun, 3 Feb 2013
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  • Duration 45 minutes

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