The technology led, multichannel retailer of healthy snacks, graze has announced that they have appointed a new Chief Technology Officer and Chief People Officer.
Mark Wood has been appointed as the Chief Technology Officer. In this role Mark will focus on pushing technology based initiatives across the business. This will mean work within the front end of the company as well as graze’s factories, well known for being incredibly flexible. Wood already has a wealth of e-commerce experience that will help him in this role. His experience should also allow him to help when boosting the tech-focused vision of the company. Mark Wood has previously driven the development of companies by using a variety of tech platforms. These companies include Betfair, one of the largest UK online operated gambling platforms. Wood has also worked as Chief Technology Officer at MyOptique Group which is Europe’s largest optical retailer, as well as AlexandAlexa, the leading e-tailer which is a specialist in children’s fashion and homeware.
The new Chief People Officer, Louise Patterson will be tasked with the continuing development of graze’s both unique and innovative entrepreneurial culture which has managed to keep the business at the front of the industry that focuses on healthy eating while it experiences rapid growth in both the UK and the US. Patterson joins graze after working at Camelot, the fast moving-games business. In her previous role Louise managed to help the business adapt to a multichannel strategy during her time there. Louise Patterson also has a variety of experience at international consumer goods companies which includes PepsiCo, Findus and Young’s Seafood.
graze was founded in the UK in 2008 by the logistics and development team at LoveFilm. In a few years, the business has expanded from operating out of a bedroom to an international company that employs more than 500 years. Owned by majority investor The Carlyle Group, with further shares owned by Octopus Investments, Drape Esprit and Management.