Ex Moneysupermarket and Travelsupermarket I.T. Boss Gareth James joins The Hut Group board as Chief Information Officer

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The Hut Group today announced Gareth James has joined the company as Chief Information Officer following senior management and chief architect roles at Moneysupermarket.com, Travelsupermarket.com and The Caudwell Group.

Matthew Moulding, CEO of The Hut Group commented: “I’m delighted that Gareth has joined the board; his immense experience within online business will help facilitate the delivery of our growth strategies which are powered by our in-house technology.”

Gareth stated: “I am thrilled to be joining The Hut Group and look forward to working with the board delivering key strategic initiatives. The Hut Group is recognised as the fastest growing retail technology company in the UK and I look forward to continuing the success by building a world-class IT department”.

Gareth has a 10 year track record of success. Highlights include his design and delivery of the UK’s first online direct B2C mobile retail website for Caudwell’s Phones4U brand. Subsequently, Gareth lead a team of over 100 IT staff at Moneysupermarket.com and Travelsupermarket.com where he was responsible for all IT design. During this period Gareth led the design and delivery of revolutionary new insurance, money and travel products using a new enterprise architecture – these products generated £50m+ incremental revenues per annum. Finally, Gareth was appointed to Moneysupermarket’s PLC leadership team during its listing in 2007 – Europe’s largest internet IPO.

About The Hut Group

Founded in 2004 and based in Northwich Cheshire, The Hut Group is an online retailing platform focused on fast moving consumer goods including Entertainment (Games, DVDs, CDs, Books), Electricals, Health & Beauty, Footwear, Gifting, Accessories, Toys, Underwear & Sports.

The Hut Group retails online through its own sites, including TheHut.com and Zavvi.com.

In 2009, The Hut Group was ranked no.1 in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 of the UK’s fastest growing companies.

For further information, please visit TheHutGroup.com

Please find below a list of websites operated by The Hut Group’s retailing platform. For more information please visit their websites.

TheHut.com, Zavvi.com