The global online classifieds operator Adevinta has announced that it has hired the experienced Alex Alexander as Chief Product & Technology Officer.
Alexander is described as "an international product and technology executive with a proven track record of leading transformation and innovative product development" and has worked in boutique e-commerce companies such as YOOX Net-a-Porter as well as huge companies like Walmart.
Adevinta recently unveiled its 'growing at scale' growth plan at a Capital Markets Day. The plan will see the Schibsted offshoot concentrate on the profitable verticals of cars and real estate in its core European markets and look to become fully transactional in its consumer goods category.
According to Adevinta CEO Rolv Erik Ryssdal, the appointment of Alexander fits into this plan perfectly given the product expert's experience:
"We are thrilled to have a Product & Technology leader of Alex’s calibre joining Adevinta at such a pivotal time for the company, following our acquisition of eBay Classifieds Group. His deep expertise in digital transformation, cloud-based platform expansion and building diverse global teams will be a strong asset toward achieving our strategy to grow Adevinta at scale. His e-commerce experience and track record in developing pioneering, customer-centric products across three continents and multiple industries, from general consumer goods to travel, will add valuable knowledge across Adevinta’s verticals.”
Alex Alexander, incoming Chief Product and Technology Officer at Adevinta, said: “The combination of Adevinta’s customer focus, the transformation journey and the collaborative culture really excites me. People are the most important consideration in any transformation journey, and I believe Adevinta’s culture matches my people-centric style of leadership, driving change through transparency and consensus to create organisational alignment. I am humbled and proud to become an Adevintan at this exciting period in the Company’s transformation journey.”
Alexander takes over from Renaud Bruyeron who previously held the position and will now be in charge of Cloud and Infrastructure.