Dixons Carphone deputy chief executive Andrew Harrison to join Ocado board

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Dixons Carphone deputy chief executive Andrew Harrison is joining the board of Ocado, bolstering the business' retail skills further.

Harrison will join as an independent non-executive director on 1 March. His appointment comes at an interesting time for the business, which is rumoured to be in talks about a tie-up with Amazon - rather than go head-to-head with the US giant on its grocery delivery service.

Ocado chairman Lord Rose said: "We are delighted that Andrew is joining Ocado, as we continue to grow the business and develop our technology solution. Andrew brings significant retail and technology experience and we will benefit from his new insight."

Harrison added: "I am excited to join Ocado's Board at a time when it leads the shift of the grocery retail market towards online. I look forward to becoming part of the team."

At the same time, David Grigson, senior independent director and non-executive director, has announced his departure, which will take place at Ocado's AGM on 4 May. Rose will take on Grigson's responsibilities as chairman of the nomination committee while Alex Mahon will pick up the reins as senior independent director.

Rose paid tribute to Grigson, who has been with the company for six years.

Harrison will be a member of the remuneration committee, audit committee and nomination committee with effect from 1 March, while Grigson will step down from these same committees on 4 May ,"to allow for a period of continuity".

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