Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-10-2— /EPR Retail News/ — Matt Hobbs has been appointed to the newly created role of Head of Digital Engineering, reporting to Bertrand Bodson, Chief Digital Officer. The role is key to bringing to life the strategic vision for Argos to be a digital retail leader, as announced to The City on 24 October 2012.
He joins the business in this leadership role to work across digital and IT teams on the continued development of technical and engineering capabilities within the business. Based at the Innovation Hub in Victoria, London, he will support expanding digital delivery channels, scaling teams, process and platforms.
Matt brings significant project and operational experience ranging over a number of high technology industries. He joins from Nuance Communications, where he was responsible for delivering a global multi-channel digital technology platform. Prior to that he held senior technical roles including Head of Architecture and Engineering at mydeco.com and Travelocity Europe, and Head of Technical Operations for lastminute.com.
On his appointment, Bertrand Bodson, Chief Digital Officer, Home Retail Group, said: “I am delighted that Matt has joined the team. His expertise will be key to help us connect the agile front end environment with back end infrastructure and maximise API’s, to deliver meaningful technical solutions that benefit our customers.
“He is a great addition to an already strong team.”
Matt Hobbs added: “I am excited to join Argos and am already working closely with the great team we already have here at the Innovation Hub. From day one I have been struck by the enthusiasm and calibre of colleagues and partners. The desire to be a leading digital retailer is infectious.”
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Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 43,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.
Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with 738 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2014. Argos serves around 123 million customers a year through its network of 734 stores.
In the financial year to February 2014, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.
Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.