Shriver’s job will be to strengthen Ocado’s engagement with its major stakeholders. One priority will be widening its relationship with investors and the capital markets as the company expands its retail operation in the UK and licences its technology to international grocery businesses.
Shriver has a long career in financial comms and has worked for both agencies and in-house for heavyweight retailers, as well as financial services.
He was managing partner of Tulchan Communications for three years until November 2016 and was a partner at the same agency for seven years previous to that role.
Tulchan handles Ocado’s financial comms, while Creation looks after the online supermarket’s consumer comms.
Shriver came to Tulchan from the French retail giant Carrefour, where he was first group director of financial comms and later the strategic advisor to its chief executive. During Shriver’s time at Carrefour, Tulchan was appointed to boost the retailer’s profile in London and New York.
He also spent 16 years as a food retail analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he was joint head of the global retail research group, and at Natwest Securities.
Tim Stein, Ocado’s chief executive, added: "We have a strong story to tell and we are delighted to welcome David to the Ocado team to help us tell it with energy and vision."