Chris Poad

Chris Poad

Managing Director, Retail Solutions EMEA, Google Cloud

Chris Poad joined Google Cloud in May 2022 and leads Retail Solutions for EMEA. Chris has deep experience in global e-commerce at scale, with a particular focus in building and operating marketplace platforms, last-mile fulfillment, cross-border commerce, and grocery.

Prior to joining Google Cloud, Chris led digital strategy at Tesco - the UK’s largest retailer - as Managing Director, Online. Chris had day to day responsibility for, an online grocery business delivering to millions of customers every week.

Prior to Tesco, Chris spent over a decade at Amazon, starting as a director in the UK first-party retail business, then joining the UK operating board where he led Amazon Marketplace. This business supported 2 million professional sellers and 400 million SKUs and grew to 65% of UK sales. He then moved to Seattle and led Fulfillment by Amazon, a program that allows third-party sellers to use Amazon’s fulfillment platform, growing that business to ~$40B in sales. Chris then launched and led Amazon Business, a B2B marketplace platform, in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Japan and grew sales from zero to $2.5B.

Prior to Amazon, Chris led the UK e-commerce business for Otto Group, a German home shopping conglomerate and worked in the early days of search engines and in strategy consulting.

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