// Wayfair hires two new execs to join tech team
// Ashwin Rao joins as chief science officer and Niraj Nagrani joins as vice president of merchandising technologies
Wayfair has welcomed two new executives to join its technology team to help accelerate the company’s continued growth through technological innovation.
Ashwin Rao has joined the company as chief science officer while Niraj Nagrani has taken up the position of vice president of global supplier marketplace, pricing, catalogue and merchandising technologies.
The duo will report to Wayfair’s incoming chief technology officer, Fiona Tan.
“Technology underpins everything we do at Wayfair,” Tan said.
“As an ecommerce and supply chain leader with suppliers and operations around the world, Wayfair is at the forefront of solving some of the most sophisticated and complex technological challenges facing retail.
“Ashwin and Niraj bring valuable expertise to the leadership team as we work together to drive the future evolution of our customer experience across online and physical retail.”
In his new role, Rao will help accelerate the company’s continued growth through technological innovation.
He previously served as vice president of artificial intelligence at Target Corporation where he led the company’s global AI and data science teams in developing products and solutions for supply chain, merchandising, search, recommendations and marketing.
Meanwhile, Nagrani will oversee Wayfair’s merchandising and supplier experiences and drive innovation to enhance Wayfair’s global supplier catalogue, merchandising and pricing systems.
He will also be tasked with creating the best-in-class web and mobile experiences and data insights for suppliers. Prior to joining Wayfair, he was vice president of engineering at Google, where he drove initiatives to deliver machine learning, artificial intelligence, mobile, web, and cloud tech solutions.