Glovo hires new CTO to drive on-demand delivery business

On-demand, same-day delivery company Glovo has appointed Narek Verdian as its Chief Technology Officer with plans to drive its tech strategy and expand its engineering team from 300 to 500 by the end of the year in Barcelona and Warsaw.

Verdian has worked with a number of major brands for over a decade. He is to drive Glovo’s tech strategy, strengthening the user experience of the platform to provide an even better service to its couriers, partners and customers.

Glovo has just launched its Q-Commerce division that delivers ‘everything’ within the cities it operates in within 30 minutes through its network of ‘dark stores’. The delivery startup aims to have 100 dark stores in its core markets within the year and this in turn requires significant investment in its tech infrastructure.

The warehouse and warehouse management systems are being enhanced through AI and machine learning. Q-Commerce aims to bring the user an enjoyable, fast, and convenient user experience.

Narek Verdian, Chief Technology Officer, Glovo said: “I’m excited to be a part of Glovo’s ambitious journey, leading the company’s tech strategy and scaling the team with  some of the world’s best tech talent. This is set to be a monumental year for the company and with the increased focus on Q-Commerce and dark store delivery, we’ll see Glovo take its engineering capabilities to the next level.

“The past year has seen a clear shift in consumer expectations and demand when it comes to how and when they want products and services. I’m committed to Glovo’s vision to create the best tech hub in southern Europe and bring the most convenient, fastest service for the user receiving whatever they want in a matter of minutes.”

Oscar Pierre, CEO and co-founder, of Glovo, added: “It’s been a long search process, as we understood the importance of this role. The wait has paid off. We’ve found in Narek a great culture fit, the ambition and the motivation to lead our tech team and help Glovo become the best tech employer in Europe.

“He shares our vision and values and his previous experience scaling powerful tech teams will be pivotal as we continue to lead the charge in multi-category offerings and expand our Q-Commerce division. We’ve always been very proud of our tech capabilities at Glovo and we are excited to continue to bring to our users a truly seamless delivery experience that sets us apart.”