Tech startup Pricesearcher has announced a big scalp in the hiring of former Amazon UK Head of Pricing Weldon Ward Whitener.
The move signifies a clear statement of intent from Pricesearcher, the UK’s largest shopping search engine, who, with this addition, bring on board one of the world’s foremost experts within retail pricing.
Whitener will lead on managing and utilising the huge amounts of data Pricesearcher is collecting, as they aim to complete their index Q1 2019 launch.
He brings a deep knowledge and understanding of large data sets from his time serving under world renowned data scientist Dr Richard Durban at Cambridge University. This experience was put to work in the retail sector after being headhunted from The Boston Consulting Group to work as Senior Product manager for Amazon, before his Pricesearcher move this month.
Whitener will be based at the team’s HQ in Farringdon London and will work closely with Pricesearcher’s founder and CEO, Samuel Dean.
The hire comes before October, and just in time for the run up to the retail sector’s busiest time of the year.
Weldon Ward Whitener, CAO Pricesearcher, said:
“My time in the corporate sphere has been enlightening and rewarding in equal measure. But I have always harboured an entrepreneurial streak. I wanted to wait for the right opportunity. After meeting with Sam, it was clear that there was a unique chance within Pricesearcher to build something unlike anything elsewhere in the market. To actually change the game.
“My experience will add value for both retailers and customers that visit Pricesearcher. Sam and the team are taking their commitment to understanding how best we can serve both sides of the sector seriously.
“For the consumer, we have a shared belief in the accessibility of data, and the responsibility to use this data to remove the barriers of entry for a consumer. Retail is the last the sector to use an efficient price aggregator. If you look everywhere else - aviation, insurance, food, banking - consumers have all benefited from the democratising power of big data.
“For the retailer, my hire is equally important. When I arrived at the business, Sam and the team had already successfully indexed 1.3bn prices. My job is to bridge the gap in understanding between this massive data set and the end user.
“Applying a data science perspective to this mountain of pricing has allowed us to understand better than anyone else exactly what the retailer ultimately wants, and how we can offer them a pricing strategy to achieve it.
“The potential of this business is massive. As are my ambition to take this opportunity and run with it. My personal aim is to make this the best in class team in e-commerce search, providing an unrivalled shopping experience to customers wherever they are in the world.”
Samuel Dean, CEO & Founder of Pricesearcher, said: “In the age of information, data is everything. Recruiting someone of Weldon’s experience and calibre is invaluable. Very few people in the world understand pricing as well as him.
“Weldon’s knowledge of big data within the retail sector has already enabled us to make substantial advancements in our product offering. The bridge of understanding he offers has closed the gap between data and the entire pricing strategy piece for the B2B market, allowing both to gain from the other.
“Weldon is one of the world's most renowned pricing strategists and his knowledge and expertise in this sector is going to benefit consumers and retailers globally. I look forward to working with him closely on his projects and continuing Pricesearcher’s mission is to index all the world's prices together.”