Former Walmart CEO joins Drizly’s board of directors

2nd October, 2017 by Nicola Carruthers

On-demand alcohol delivery service Drizly has appointed Bill Simon, the former president and CEO of Walmart US, to its board of directors.

The former Diageo exec joins Drizly’s board of directors

Simon will use his experience in the retail and alcohol industry to help Drizly grow its alcohol ecommerce platform in the US.

Prior to leading Walmart’s US operations, Simon served in senior positions at Diageo, PepsiCo, Cadbury-Schweppes and other leading companies. He currently serves on the board of directors at Darden Restaurants, Inc. and Chico’s FAS, and is an adjunct professor at Baylor University.

“Bill’s deeply relevant experience in retail, adult beverage and online marketplaces will contribute immensely to our next phase of growth, helping scale the business at a rapid pace with the discipline vital to long-term leadership and success,” said Nick Rellas, CEO and co-founder at Drizly.

“As we continue to blaze the path for alcohol ecommerce, helping our retail partners to grow and thrive in the process, the depth of operating experience and vision that Bill brings will be invaluable.”

Drizly is “steadily” expanding to new markets and is available in more than 70 cities across the US and Canada.

“The management team at Drizly impressed me from our first meeting,” said Simon. “They have a singular understanding of the traditional alcohol market and how emerging technology can help grow it for all of its stakeholders, from purchasers to suppliers to retailers.”

In July this year, Drizly created an online hub that provides “unprecedented intelligence” on emerging trends, pricing and product movement, called Drizly Data Distillery.

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