House of Fraser's new CIO is ex-John Lewis CTO Burnett

Department store chain House of Fraser has appointed Julian Burnett to the role of CIO, with effect from 5 October 2015.

Burnett, who was rival retailer John Lewis's chief technology officer (CTO) between 2012-15, will have responsibility for the continued development of technology-led solutions across the business and the integration of business needs with IT strategy and delivery.

The new recruit will join House of Fraser's executive committee and will report directly to Nigel Oddy, the company's CEO. Julian replaces ex-Asos IT director Peter Marsden, who acted as interim CIO following the recent departure of Uday Kotla.

With over 25 years' experience working for consumer-facing businesses, Burnett will be expected to help boost House of Fraser's rapidly developing multichannel strategy that has see the retailer roll out multiple new technologies and in-store systems over the last few years.

Prior to joining John Lewis, Burnett was CTO for Sainsbury's where he built and led the grocer's technology planning function with overall responsibility for IT strategy, IT investment and delivery planning, IT architecture and technology innovation.

Oddy said: "We are delighted to announce Julian’s appointment today and look forward to welcoming him to the House of Fraser team.

"His expertise and experience will be invaluable in delivering an IT strategy that further enhances and enables our growing multichannel proposition."