Tom Hind, who has been with the NFU for 15 years, is set to take up the position later this year, following the creation of the post by Tesco back in February.
The role was developed to strengthen relationships with British farmers and enable the supermarket chain to source more food from British farms.
Although the NFU will be losing a valuable member, it has welcomed the move, saying it ensures a pivotal role is filled by someone who has “a thorough understanding of agriculture”.
Hind said he was sorry to be leaving the organisation, but was looking forward to the fresh challenges he will face in the new role.
He said: “The NFU is a fantastic organisation and I have enjoyed my 15 years here, covering a range of issues and roles. Throughout my career I have been motivated by trying to make a difference on behalf of farmers and growers. I’m looking forward to working with the Tesco team and its suppliers to develop even closer working relationships between farmers, manufacturers and the retailer.”
Meanwhile, commercial director at Tesco Kevin Grace said: “As British agriculture’s biggest customer, we’re proud of the relationships we’ve developed with thousands of farmers across the UK. Through schemes like our pioneering Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group, we’ve led the way in developing new ways of working with farmers, and we hope to build on these achievements with the appointment of Tom Hind.”