Wayfair adds two to technology team – Furniture Today

Ashwin Rao, left, and Niraj Nagrani
BOSTON – Wayfair has named two new members of its technology team: Ashwin Rao as the company’s new chief science officer and Niraj Nagrani as the new vice president of the global supplier marketplace.
“Technology underpins everything we do at Wayfair,” said Fiona Tan, Wayfair’s incoming CTO. “As an e-commerce and supply chain leader with suppliers and operations around the world, Wayfair is at the forefront of solving some of the most sophisticated and complex technological challenges facing retail.”
Tan said Ashwin and Niraj both bring valuable expertise to the leadership team as the company works to drive the future evolution of customer experience across online and physical retail.
In his role, Rao will help accelerate the company’s continued growth through technological innovation fueled by machine learning, mathematical modeling and algorithms that further strengthen the shopping experience.
Before joining Wayfair, he served as vice president of artificial intelligence at Target Corp. where he led Target’s global AI and data science teams in developing products and solutions for supply chain, merchandising, search, recommendations and marketing. Rao will also continue as adjunct professor at Stanford University.
Overseeing Wayfair’s merchandising and supplier experiences, Nagrani will drive innovation to enhance Wayfair’s global supplier catalog, merchandising and pricing systems while also offering data insights for suppliers.
To this role, Nagrani brings more than two decades of tech leadership, most recently at Google as vice president of engineering, where he drove initiatives to deliver machine learning, artificial intelligence, mobile, web, and cloud tech solutions across Google consumer and developer products.
Wayfair generated $14.1 billion in net revenue for the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2021. Headquartered in Boston, with operations throughout North America and Europe, Wayfair employs approximately 16,000 people.
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