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Foot Locker appoints senior VP and CIO

Foot Locker has announced the appointment of Himanshu Parikh as senior VP and chief information officer, with immediate effect.

In his new role, Parikh will oversee the execution of the group’s strategic technology agenda, as well as support the company’s “key” strategic imperatives and future capability-building and innovation.

He will also have operational responsibility for the group’s technology and infrastructure, and will work closely with other senior executives to help “streamline” the business, and evaluate and implement new and integrated systems and tools across the organisation.

Richard Johnson, chairman and CEO for Foot Locker, said: “I am pleased to welcome Himanshu to the Foot Locker team as we continue to move ahead with our strategic technology agenda.

“Over the last several years, Foot Locker has made tremendous progress in leveraging data and technology to drive customer connections and convenience, support the growth of our loyalty program and build a customer-driven supply chain. We recognise the vital importance that technological leadership plays in our continued success.”

He added: “I am confident that his deep expertise and breadth of experience leading Digital, Omni-Channel, Enterprise Resource Planning, and Information Security functions will be strong assets as we continue to advance our technology projects and investments to evolve as a fully-integrated omni-channel company.”

Parikh has over 25 years experience in strategic planning, business solutions and organisational development for retail companies.

Most recently, he served as SVP, chief technology officer at The Michaels Companies. During his tenure, Parikh drove technology and oversaw digital commerce, marketing/CRM as well as data and analytics and loyalty.

Prior to joining Michaels, Parikh held several executive roles with Ross Stores, helping the group develop modern web and mobile applications, IT investment plans, roadmaps, technology standards, and governance of new technology.

Commenting on his appointment, Parikh said: “I’m excited to join the Foot Locker team in continuing to enhance the technology capabilities that support the Company’s leadership in celebrating sneakers and youth culture around the globe.

“I look forward to working closely with Dick and the rest of the Foot Locker team, leveraging my technology expertise and retail experience to meet and exceed the evolving expectations of our customers, while also providing the right tools and technology for our team members.”

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