Retail Insider has launched the 2019 edition of the Movers and Shakers report highlighting some of the key people in retail that are most effectively using the power of digital to push their organisations forward.
Now in its 10th anniversary year, and produced in conjunction with sponsors K3, the panel of judges have chosen their pick of the most significant individuals and thereby also highlighted some of the trends in digital retailing and the sectors most actively and innovatively pursuing a digital strategy.
The panel eventually decided that the senior management of Ocado should take not just the first place but second place also, reflecting that the double platform of Ocado and Ocado Solutions together present a home-grown digital powerhouse with a truly global reach.
Paul Clarke, CTO (left) and Tim Steiner, CEO (right): Ocado
One of the interesting features to note this year is that in the top 20, only one person – Angus Thirlwell of Hotel Chocolat – operates a traditional retailer in the sense of having a strong high street bricks and mortar presence.
But it is not all doom and gloom for individuals running companies with shops, further down the list the venerable Co-Operative Group, which secures two places reflecting its resurgence as a force in British retailing.
The top placed woman is Jo Graham, CIO of fast fashion company Boohoo.com, closely followed by Maria Raga, CEO of person-to-person resale site Depop – both women focused on selling clothes to Gen Z consumers but in very different ways.
The Top 50 people are ranked in order based on criteria such as their achievements in the last 12 months, future potential, and innovative capabilities.
The rankings were decided by a specially selected Advisory Panel which this year comprised: Anthony Fletcher, CEO of Graze; David Kohn, customer and e-commerce director, Heal’s; Sarah McVittie, co-founder, Dressipi; Indira Thambiah, senior advisor, Roof Maker; Melissa Reed, partner, HI Executive Consulting; Simon Calver, head of Ventures investment, BGF Ventures; Alison Lancaster, marketing strategist, Bicester Village Shopping Collection; John Bovill, executive consultant, All Saints; Tony Bryant, director of global business development, K3; Hannah Joyce, Partner, Calibre One; Guy Hipwell, advisor and investor; and Daniel Bobroff, founder, Coded Futures;
The full report can be read by clicking on the link below: