Cazoo, a UK-based auto retail platform set to launch this year, seeking to transform the way we buy used cars, announces that it has appointed Piers Stobbs as its Chief Data Officer.
In just 10 months since being founded, Cazoo has grown to over 120 employees. The business, due to launch later this month, aims to make car buying no different than buying any other product online today by letting consumers select from thousands of cars online and have them delivered to their door in as little as 72 hours.
Piers joins Cazoo from MoneySuperMarket, where he spent four years as Chief Data Officer, heading up all aspects of Data Science, Data Engineering and Analytics. Prior to this he headed up Data Science at dunnhumby, driving the utilisation of advanced machine learning methods across the business. Piers has over 20 years' experience in all aspects of data and analytics across multiple industries in both the UK and the US, including stints in multi-channel and internet retail, market research as well as five years running quantitative strategies in the hedge fund sector.
In his role as Chief Data Officer at Cazoo, Piers will report directly to Founder & CEO, Alex Chesterman OBE and will be responsible for all aspects of data including product analytics, BI, data science and AI, data engineering, governance and data innovation.
Piers joins a highly experienced senior team including the former Chief Financial Officer of PaddyPowerBetfair, former Chief Technology Officer of Made.com, former Chief Commercial Officer from ZPG and former Chief Customer Officer from MoneySuperMarket.
Alex Chesterman, Founder & CEO of Cazoo said, “I am very pleased to welcome Piers to the Cazoo team. His experience in building customer centric data teams and using data to drive value will create fundamental advantages in our model in terms of how we apply data across all areas of the business, most notably throughout the stocking process.”
Commenting on his new role, Piers Stobbs said, “I am delighted to be joining the team at Cazoo and to build a data team that is focused on the customer and purchasing behaviours as well as supporting the buying and pricing teams. The opportunity to drive the optimal use of data throughout the business is immense and it will give Cazoo a significant edge over existing players as we scale.”
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