Tesco has appointed a new chief technology officer to replace former CIO Mike McNamara, who left the retailer in February.
Edmond Mesrobian took over the top IT leader role at the retail giant on 8 June, having joined from Expedia, where he had been CTO since 2011. McNamara moved to the US to become CIO at retailer Target, while his successor made the opposite journey, having been based in the US state of Washington.
McNamara had worked at Tesco since 1999, taking over as CIO in March 2011 when his predecessor Philip Clarke stepped up to become the company’s chief executive. He led Tesco’s aggressive move into online retailing, investing over £150m since 2012 in a series of e-commerce and mobile innovations.
At Expedia, Mesrobian (pictured below) was responsible for the technology behind online brands such as Expedia.com, Hotels.com and Trivago, with an annual operating budget over $300m and a team of more than 1600 people, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Robin Terrell, Tesco’s chief customer officer, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Edmond to the Tesco team. His huge experience in the technology sector will be a real asset to Tesco as we continue to explore new ways technology can help us to better serve our customers.”
Other Tesco IT executives have left since McNamara’s departure, with former technology director Lyndon Hearn moving in June to become UK and Ireland IT director at travel group Tui, owner of holiday firms Thomson and First Choice.
Following its well-publicised financial difficulties, Tesco announced in August 2014 that it was cutting back its IT spending to reduce costs.
Several senior executives have left the retailer in recent months, and Clarke was replaced as CEO in 2014 by Dave Lewis, as the firm’s growth stuttered.
Tesco has recently sold its Tesco broadband and Blinkbox video streaming service to TalkTalk for just £5m, and has put Dunnhumby, its big data analytics arm, up for sale.