Ocado Solutions chief executive to step down
Ocado Solutions chief executive Luke Jensen is to retire from his role on 30 September.
He will also step down as executive director from the Ocado Group board as he looks to focus on external non-executive director positions.
Appointed to the chief executive role in 2017 and as a member of the board in 2018, Jensen has played an instrumental role in building the Ocado Solutions business across the world. This has included the signing of the first international partnership with Bon Preu in 2017 through to the company’s most recent agreement with Lotte in Korea.
Tim Steiner, chief executive officer of Ocado, said: “Over the last six years, Luke has played a key role in our transformation into a global technology solutions business. He leaves our solutions business in a strong position to drive future growth, having recently established a global regional structure, with the appointments of regional presidents and the creation of a global partner success organisation. We wish him well and thank him for his contribution to Ocado. Luke will be supporting the transition over the coming months.”
Jensen will be succeeded by Ocado non-executive director John Martin as chief executive of the solutions business. Martin will take up his new role on 1 September to allow for a suitable handover period. At that point, he will step down from the board.
Rick Haythornthwaite, chairman of Ocado, said: “I am delighted that John Martin will step into this role to deepen further the support of our clients as well as help shape our strategic direction and performance culture. John has extensive strategic, operational and financial management experience of running large international businesses. The board believes he is the right successor to Luke with the required credentials to build on a strong foundation.”
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