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Ex-Tesco CTO Mesrobian joins Nordstrom's exec team

After ‘retiring’ earlier this year as he departed his role as chief technology officer (CTO) at Tesco, Edmond Mesrobian is back in the tech hotseat – this time at US department store chain, Nordstrom.

Mesrobian, who was replaced at Tesco by Guus Dekkers in April, has been appointed by Nordstrom as CTO with the aim of helping the retailer take advantage of existing and emerging technologies. When leaving the UK grocer, it was announced that Mesrobian was retiring and moving back to Seattle to be with his family.

Nordstrom is based in Seattle, but the executive role is clearly far from retirement.

Blake Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom, said: "After an extensive search, we are excited to have Edmond join our executive team.

"Edmond is a seasoned technology expert, and has contributed to the growth of retail, high-tech and internet-based businesses for nearly three decades. As our industry and customers evolve, Edmond will help us continue to transform our business so we can deliver the best experience to our customers, however they choose to shop with us."

In his CTO role at Tesco, Mesrobian supported a global team while leading technology strategy, standards and architecture. Prior to his job there, he led operational and technical innovations as CTO of global travel company Expedia.

"Nordstrom is leading the charge to redefine the role technology and digital tools play in the retail environment,” the new recruit said.

“I'm excited to be joining a terrific team in supporting the company's continued focus in leveraging technology innovation to serve customers in new and better ways.”

It’s been all change in the Nordstrom technology team over the last 20 months. In May, Nordstrom appointed its former president of eCommerce, Ken Worzel, as the company’s first chief digital officer. 

Meanwhile, Mesrobian fills a gap left by Kumar Srinivasan, who quit as CTO in January 2017 after less than a year in the role.

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