Ocado appoints tech expert to the board

Ocado Group has appointed Michael Sherman as an independent non-executive director to its board.

Sherman also currently works as chief strategy and transformation officer at BT Group.

Previously he led the technology, media and telecommunications practice as partner and managing director at Boston Consulting Group, where he worked for 11 years.

READ MORE: Ocado stops all deliveries to staff after it “underestimated the demand for M&S food orders”

“I am delighted to welcome Michael to our board. He has extensive experience and skills in the technology sector, and I am confident his insight and expertise will be an invaluable asset to the board and our continued growth and development as a technology led software and robotics platform business,” said Ocado chairman Stuart Rose.

The appointment comes as Ocado this month launched its new partnership with Marks & Spencer, replacing its previous, long-standing tie-up with Waitrose.

Despite only launching with M&S as its partner on September 1, the online-only grocer was forced to stop deliveries to its own staff as it worked to clear a backlog of orders following the launch of Marks & Spencer on its platform.

Ocado was also forced to apologise to customers after a “surge in demand” meant it had no choice but to cancel orders just hours before they were due for delivery.

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