Studio creates new data team of 35 members

Gareth Powell takes on a new role of data director
// Studio hires Gareth Powell as new data director
// The data team is expanding to 35 members
// The online value retailer is also investing in data technologies

Studio has boosted its senior leadership team by welcoming an entirely new data team.

Gareth Powell takes on a new role of data director as Studio’s data team brings together its analytics, data governance, data engineering and architecture talents.

The team is expanding to 35 members, with Powell having onboarded 10 new members of staff.

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The online value retailer is also investing in data technologies, including Snowflake and Microsoft Azure.

Powell is implementing a huge data programme, comprising several key deliverables; a target operating model, a data governance framework, an approach for data integrity as well as a new cloud data platform (Snowflake and Azure).

This will enable Studio to capitalise on their data asset significantly more in future.

Powell brings with him a wealth of data experience across retail and telecoms sectors, including N Brown, where Powell was Director of Data Science and TalkTalk where he led a centralised Insight and Analytics division.

“Since joining back in June we have been on an exciting journey as a business. My vision is to make data and insights easy to access for our employees,” Powell said.

“A positive customer experience is underpinned by easy-to-access and good quality insight.

“We have successfully embedded a hub and spoke model for analytics which ensures we have close insight partnerships with our Customer & Digital, Trading and Customer Experience teams, ensuring we utilise data in the most efficient way possible.”

The online value retailer recently reported having over two million active customers – a 79% increase over the last five years.

Lockdown served to accelerate Studio’s digital transformation plans and its app has over 1.2 million users, representing 32% of sales and 25% increase year-on-year.

Studio chief executive, Paul Kendrick said: “Gareth has a proven track record in data management, his skills are therefore pivotal to our ambitious plans to utilise data to grow and expand the business.

“We have already seen fantastic results from Gareth and look forward to seeing what he brings to an already strong leadership team on the challenging journey we have ahead of us.”

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