Albertsons Companies is appointing Guatam Kotwal to Executive Vice President and Chief Data and Analytics Officer as it competes with Amazon-Go technology and redoubles its efforts to design personalized shopping experiences.
“Our omnichannel platform is something our organization is deeply committed to, and to best serve our customers who shop each channel, we must begin to look at data across not only our customer base but also within our company to further innovate within our industry,” said Jim Donald, President and Chief Operating Officer, in a press release.
Bringing a breadth of knowledge in analytics, data science engineering, and test strategy to his new role, Kotwal will be responsible for leading the company’s innovation efforts to drive value, create competitive differentiation, and design those personalized shopper experiences wherever—and however—consumers choose to shop.
“Gautam possesses a unique blend of technical skill, boundless enthusiasm, and a commitment to developing people and teams, all of which will serve him well in this new role. I’m excited to have Gautam join our company and formalize our data and analytics efforts under his leadership so that we can better engage our customers, no matter where they shop with us,” continued Donald, who Kotwal will report to at Albertsons' campus in Pleasanton, CA.
For the last two years, Gautam Kotwal served as Vice President of Analytics, Data Platform & Data Science Engineering for Kohl’s Department Stores, where he built Kohl’s BigData team with the overarching goal of enabling an insights-driven organization by democratizing data and science. He joined Kohl’s first in 2012 as the Director of Innovation before moving to Director of Innovation and Data Science. Prior to working at Kohl’s, Kotwal worked as an Engineering Manager at Netflix and was quickly promoted to Director of Engineering.
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