eStar appoints new COO

eStarFormer Warehouse Group senior leader Kevin Rowland has joined Australasian e-commerce solutions company eStar as chief operations officer.

With over 35 years of retail experience, Rowland brings to eStar a wealth of retail knowledge from local and overseas perspectives.

Before joining the Warehouse Group as group business information manager in 2011, Rowland was systems support and development manager at Warehouse Stationery, responsible for the management, support and development of systems including ERP/merchandise (Oracle), POS, e-commerce and all operational business information. When he took on the larger role at the Warehouse Group level, he was responsible not only for all business information but also the development and maintenance of the Teradata Data Warehouse. Earlier this year he became the first Kiwi ever to be accredited as a Qlik Luminary due to his passion of driving forward self-service business information.

Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2006, Rowland held senior positions at Safeway Stores in the UK (one of the UK’s top four grocery retailers).

At eStar Rowland will lead the production team, driving the development of processes and reporting across the company. eStar CEO, Andrew Buxton, said, “Kevin’s background in operations management and information technology provides a great platform for eStar’s next phase of growth. Recognised internationally as a business intelligence expert, Kevin’s experience will help ensure eStar continually improves our service to clients and perfectly positions eStar to deliver large scale e-commerce deployments across Australasia.”

Established in Christchurch in 1998, eStar is a leading Australasian e-commerce company whose clients include Country Road, BLK, Briscoe Group, Smiths City Group, Rodd and Gunn, and TS14+ amongst many others.

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