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Holland & Barrett add CTO and Transformation Director to team

Health and food retailer Holland & Barrett has bolstered its technology leadership team with the recruitment of a CTO with major retail transformation experience at former catalogue retailer Argos.

Holland & Barrett International has appointed George Goley as Chief Technology Officer, and Doug Nesbit as Group Strategy & Transformation Director.

Holland & Barrett have confirmed to the Horizon CIO Network that Mark Fabes remains with the business as CIO. Fabes joined the Nuneaton based business last September and has experience at McDonalds and Starbucks.

Holland & Barrett said the new technology leaders will “ assist the company as it shapes a new strategy and embarks on growing global market for health and wellness products and services”. Both will report to the chief executive Peter Aldis.

George Goley, Holland & Barrett’s first Chief Technology Officer, will be building the teams and technologies that deliver the next generation of health and wellness products and services to customers worldwide, the retailer said in a statement.

Goley joins from Milton Keynes headquartered Argos where he spent two years with the organisation during its transition from the Home Retail Group to become part of the supermarket chain J Sainsbury’s. In January of this year Phil Jordan joined Sainsbury’s as its first Group CIO and spoke to the Horizon CIO Podcast last year.

Goley was CTO of Home Retail Group for just over a year ahead of his career with Argos. Retail has dominated the CTO’s career, in the U.S. he was CIO of Sears Online, as Vice President of Technology for Amazon from 2006 to 2015, and from 1999 to 2006 in multiple technology leadership roles with Microsoft on complex data and internet platform projects for MSN and Microsoft.com.

Nesbit’s role as the new Group Strategy & Transformation Director will see him coordinate the completion of Holland & Barrett’s new strategic plan, and lead business-wide transformation programmes that will underpin the next phase of UK and international growth, the business said.

Nesbit also has a strong retail pedigree with roles at Dixons Carphone and homewares retailer Dunelm. Like Goley, Nesbit was part of the transformation of Argos in career from 2012 to 2016.

“These newest appointments broaden and deepen the strength of our Executive Leadership team so we are ready to deliver another ten years of market-leading growth. As a business, we need to be at the forefront of the rapidly advancing technology that is helping our customers meet their health and wellness goals. We are investing heavily in delivering more speed in the retail experience, greater convenience in service and delivery, and increasing personalisation in our brand and product propositions, both in-store and online, CEO Aldis said in a statement.

Holland & Barrett has 1,100 stores across the world, including 788 branches in the UK and Ireland and 32 stores within Tesco supermarkets. It was acquired by L1 Retail in September 2017.

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