Ahold finds new CIO at Morrisons

Ahold finds new CIO at Morrisons

Dutch supermarket group Ahold has hired Ben Wichart as new Chief Information Officer. In that brand new function he has to assist the parent company of Albert Heijn and American chains like Giant and Peapod in the deployment of its “Reshaping Retail” strategy.

Retail veteran

Today Ahold announced it has appointed Ben Wishart as Group Chief Information Officer, a new role in the company. The Briton will officially start on 17 June. Wishart already was CIO at British food retailer Morrisons since October 2011 and before that British hospitality group Whitbread.

 

Retail veteran Wishart also had several successful positions within senior information management at Tesco. He has earned his stripes in the British technology branch: in 2010 he was named the “third most influential CIO of Great Britain” in the CIO50 of Silicon.com.

 

"Technology increasingly critical element"

Wishart will report directly to CFO Jeff Carr, who sees an important strategic role for the newcomer: “Technology is an increasingly critical element in ensuring the success of our Reshaping Retail strategy. I am pleased that Ben joins us to lead the next stage of Ahold’s journey as we are responding to a changing retail world, leveraging our scale and coordinating technology.”

 

The CFO underlines Wishart’s skills in “strategic leadership, business transformation, team-building capabilities and technology leadership skills.”

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