Marks & Spencer appoints its first chief digital and data officer
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has recruited a senior executive from Loblaw Companies to become its first chief digital and data officer.
Jeremy Pee, who is currently senior president of Canada’s largest retailer, will join M&S in December.
“M&S is going through a critical transformation and there’s no better time to be joining the business,” said Pee.
“I am looking forward to driving and shaping the digital innovation agenda.”
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In his previous role at Loblaw, Pee was responsible for building, operating, and growing the firm’s e-commerce business in the grocery, beauty, clothing and pharmacy markets.
He has also held senior roles at Staples as Senior Category Merchant and Director of Corporate Strategy.
M&S CEO, Steve Rowe, noted that Pee was an “excellent addition to M&S.”
“He has first class experience of leading and executing retail digital transformation and growing a portfolio of e-commerce businesses,” he said.
“As we seek to become a digital-first retailer, grow market share and change our digital behaviours, mindsets and culture, he is the right leader to deliver these changes and make M&S fit for the digital age.”
The UK retailer said it hopes to develop a “modern digital mindset” as it sets out on a five-year transformation programme.
Through the programme, M&S has set itself a target to make at least a third of its sales online.
The appointment is part of a series of digital projects launched by M&S to strengthen its digital presence.
The firm announced a “game-changing” partnership with Microsoft in June that plans to introduce artificial intelligence into stores.
Plans are also underway to provide data analytics training to 1,000 staff through a data academy delivered by Decoded.
ShareChat parent raises US$145m at $2.88bn valuation
Mohalla Tech, the parent company behind social media apps Moj and ShareChat, has raised an additional US$145 million at a market valuation of $2.88 billion.
The latest Series F funding, led by Singapore state investor Temasek, Moore Strategic Ventures (MSV), and Mirae-Naver Asia Growth Fund, is an additional investment beyond the $502 million raised in April this year.
"We are immensely proud of what we have been able to achieve with Moj and ShareChat in the last 12 months. We have been very fortunate to attract a bunch of very high-quality names in our series F and the list just got longer with Temasek, MSV and Mirae-Naver joining hands with us," said Ankush Sachdeva, CEO & Co-founder, Moj and ShareChat.
According to the company, investments raised this year, including the latest, will be used to double down on its plans of building an AI feed, incentivising its creator base and amplifying platform health and safety. In the past few months, the company has hired global senior executives with specialisation in AI and ML and continues to look for more such senior hires.
The continuing growth of social media
Founded in October 2015, the social media company has raised close to $911 million over seven funding rounds so far. This has helped both Moj and ShareChat to continue their growth journey, differentiate and deliver a unique social media experience. Moj has become India’s number one short video app with the highest monthly active users, with an average user time spent of 34 minutes every day, scoring over 4.5 billion views daily.
ShareChat, the Indic language social media platform, is positioned uniquely with an average user time spent of 31 minutes daily. Moj and ShareChat together, with a 340 million-strong user community, envision building a cohesive AI-powered content ecosystem to address India’s growing digital needs.
James McIntyre, Senior Managing Director and COO at MSV said, “We are excited to partner with Moj as they build India’s premier short form video platform, and have been impressed by this management team’s speed and agility in capturing the opportunity. This round will help to accelerate that growth and allow Moj and ShareChat to continue to develop the best ecosystem for content creators and consumers alike.”