Written by Chris Lemmon
Technology innovator Naji El-Arifi has been named as head of innovation at e-commerce consultancy firm Salmon. El-Arifi, a TEDx speaker on the future of coding, has built his own ‘experience lab’ to showcase the latest technologies. He has worked on previous projects with Samsung, Somo, Shop Direct Group, Audi, Lloyds Bank, Kobalt and BP.
El-Arifi commented on his appointment: “I have worked with a lot of exciting technologies in my time working in innovation, but this new role at Salmon provides something totally unique. Salmon has a clear vision: to be the boldest and most innovative in the e-commerce space, and this is something that I knew I really wanted to be a part of.”
UK EPoS manufacturer AURES Technologies has announced the appointment of Moray Boyd as chief executive officer of the group. Boyd has over 30 years’ experience in the PoS sector, joining AURES in 2013 as managing director, following the firm’s acquisition of Boyd’s J2 Retail Systems company.
Patrick Cathala, chairman and founder of AURES, commented: “Moray is a leader; he has been beside me in AURES for four years now, participating very actively and successfully in the strong AURES progression. His perfect understanding of the US, UK and Australian PoS markets is a key advantage to keep boosting the durable growth of the group.”
Jill McDonald has been confirmed as the new managing director for clothing, home and beauty at Marks & Spencer. McDonald will join M&S from Halfords where she currently operates as CEO.
The post will involve overall profit and loss accountability for all aspects of the M&S non-food business, from design and sourcing through to supply chain and logistics, with McDonald reporting directly to M&S’s CEO, Steve Rowe.
Rowe commented: “Jill is an excellent addition to the M&S senior leadership team and we are delighted that she is joining us. Jill’s first-class customer knowledge and great experience in running dynamic, high achieving teams make her exactly the right person to lead this all-important part of our business from recovery into growth.”
Michael Loeve has stepped down from his position as CEO of UK DIY chain B&Q for family reasons, and is heading to his home country of Denmark where he will assume the position of director at Netto International. Loeve will be responsible for the chain’s operations in Denmark, Germany, Poland and Sweden.
Prior to joining B&Q, Loeve held COO positions at both the Coop and Copenhagen Airport in Denmark, and was also chain director at SuperBrugsen.
Per Bank, chief executive of Dansk Supermarket, which owns Netto International, said: “Michael’s track record speaks for itself. With the experience he has gained in recent years in the UK, I have no doubt that he is the right person to lead our ambitions for Netto.”
Point of sale marketing provider Ecrebo has hired David Buckingham as its CEO. Buckingham joins Ecrebo from Aimia Shopper Insights in New York, bringing more than 25 years’ experience in the retail and CPG insights and analytics space.
Following his appointment, Ecrebo has restructured its senior management team with Hassan Hajji taking the role of chief product officer, and David Vernon becoming chief customer officer.
Buckingham commented: “It truly feels like the opportunity that I’ve been building up to my whole career. I’ve had the chance to meet with the investors, the senior management and the rest of the team, all of whom are equally passionate and committed to Ecrebo’s long-term future. With the experience and knowledge I have of this space, combined with the recent investment, I’m looking forward to helping build on the success that the team has already achieved.”