Ocado appoints non-executive director

Ocado Group has appointed Gavin Patterson as independent non-executive director.

Patterson, who will join the company on 1 June, will also become a member of the people committee and the remuneration committee on the same date.

Patterson joins the online grocer from Salesforce, where he has worked since 2019 as chief revenue officer.

Prior to this he served as group chief executive officer at telco giant BT.

He has also held management and marketing roles at Procter & Gamble and served on boards of various companies including education firm Kahoot! and AI technology firm Beamery.

"Over the past decade we have evolved from being an innovative online grocer in the UK to a global technology business, powering online operations for some of the world's leading grocery retailers,” said Tim Steiner, chief executive at Ocado. “We are also now deploying our unique technology into new sectors and opportunities for the first time.

“At this important moment, Gavin's considerable experience at the helm of multinational B2B technology companies will be a valuable asset to our board and leadership team."

Last month Ocado announced that its chair Rick Haythornthwaite would step down from his role in 2025 after four years in the role. He has been selected as chairman of NatWest in September 2023 and due to take up his post in January 2024.

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