Ocado poaches ex-Amazon AI and robotics expert to help “make the most” of its tech

Ocado has hired Amazon’s former artificial intelligence and robotics expert Dr Nadia Shouraboura to help it “make the most of (its) technology”.

The online grocer, which has put an increasing focus on selling its robotic picking solutions to third-party retailers in recent months, announced that Shouraboura will join the company on September 1.

Shouraboura, who was previously vice-president of worldwide technology operations at Amazon, will join Ocado as non-executive director and member its nomination committee.

She joined Amazon in 2004, where she is credited with helping create its automated supply chain “controlling the move of every item, every associate and every package with precision in real time”.

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After leaving Amazon in 2012, Shouraboura launched Hointer, an experiential store which used robotic pickers, QR codes and other tech innovations years before they were introduced to mainstream retail.

Alongside her extensive experience, she also sits on the boards of Ferguson, X5, Blue Yonder and Tosca.

“I know she will bring to the role a huge amount of relevant expertise working with high growth, progressive technologies both as an entrepreneur and CEO, and as an expert in AI, software development and robotics, as well as great energy and vision,” Ocado’s chief executive Tim Steiner said.

Ocado’s chairman Richard Haythornthwaite added: “Without doubt, she will add fresh perspectives and bring her wealth of skills and experience to help us make the most of our technology leadership and our platform as a serial and successful innovator.”

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