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Ocado appoints eBay Vice-President as non-exec


Online grocer Ocado has today announced that Douglas McCallum will be joining its board as an independent non-executive.

The Senior Vice-President & General Manager of Europe for global e-tailer and auction site eBay will begin his new duties from October 3rd 2011.

Since graduating from Oxford University and Harvard Business School, McCallum has held a variety of senior roles within the retail, IT and media industries over the last 20 years.

Lord Grade, Chairman of Ocado, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Doug to the Ocado board.

“His high-level background in e-commerce and IT is a most valuable addition to the skills and experience of the existing directors. He will make a significant contribution to Ocado’s plans for growth.

“Doug’s appointment marks Ocado’s latest step toward a board composition that fully complies with The UK Corporate Governance Code.”

This year has been one of progression for Ocado so far, with the company’s first profits achieved in fourth quarter results released in February and Q1 sales, reported last month, rising 24.7 per cent year-on-year.

Ocado has extended its deliveries to the west country & Wales and stepped up its marketing through a targeted ad campaign in recent weeks, and the appointment of such a senior figure within the e-tail industry further outlines its ambitions.

Having previously held management posts at Capital Radio and Intel Corporation’s Summit Systems division and also leading the Pret A Manger operations online, McCallum has now spent nearly a decade at eBay.

He was in charge of the e-tailer’s UK business from 2002 and took up his current position three years ago.

McCallum commented: “Ocado is a smart online retailer with innovation and quality of service at the heart of everything that it does. I look forward to helping the business develop further and fulfil its long-term ambitions.”

Published on Tuesday 12 April by Editorial Assistant

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