NET-A-PORTER appoints ex-Betfair director Hugh Fahy as CIO

NET-A-PORTER GROUP has appointed Hugh Fahy, the former director of development for Betfair, as its group CIO.


NET-A-PORTER GROUP has appointed Hugh Fahy, the former director of development for Betfair, as its group CIO.

He replaces Richard Lloyd-Williams, who has been at the group since 2007, and who was in the group CIO role since April 2012. The company has not provided a reason for his departure.

The online luxury fashion company, which owns the brands NET-A-PORTER.COM, MR PORTER and THE OUTNET, appointed Fahy in April to lead its 300-strong IT team, which develops and maintains the majority of the group’s IT in-house.

His role will be to oversee and improve IT operations across all areas of the business, including ecommerce, mobile, logistics and deliveries.

“I am excited to have joined such a fast-growing, vibrant organisation, with the mentality of a start-up and the firepower of a global market leader,” said Fahy.

“From day one, innovation has been at the core of everything the NET-A-PORTER GROUP does, across technology, retail and publishing. My vision is to build on this approach, ‘doing’ IT the 21st century way, by being unafraid to experiment and excel operationally.”

To this end, Fahy is championing the wider use of Agile development throughout the business, the group said.

At Betfair, where he worked between 2009 and 2013, Fahy led a £25 million, three-year programme to rebuild the betting firm’s 24/7 trading platform and customer system. His 25 years of experience in the industry also included the deployment of the Service Delivery Platform behind Vodafone’s mobile web proposition on a global scale.

Following his appointment, NET-A-PORTER GROUP said that it wants to expand its IT team.

“Sitting alongside our editorial and buying teams, our tech team has always had a big impact on our company culture and how we work together. We’re no on the lookout for more tech talent to join Hugh’s team,” said Naomi Hewitt, the company’s HR director.

“We offer fantastic opportunities for anyone with a passion for technology and an urge to innovate.”

The NET-A-PORTER GROUP employs 2,500 people based in London, New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai. 

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