Our focus on succession planning and talent pipelining has allowed us to evolve our team as our business continues to grow quickly
Tony Stewart, chief data officer at Xero, will now be heading the company’s Small Business Products.
Duncan Ritchie, chief platform officer who used to head this division, is taking a sabbatical, Xero says in a statement.
Stewart has led Xero’s focus on automation and data innovation for the past year and this experience will help further accelerate Xero’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning innovation in the product teams, says Xero.
Ritchie has just completed a two-year migration to Amazon Web Services (AWS), one of the most complex and largest migrations of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.
Ritchie will hand over the reins following a comprehensive transition in June, with a view to assessing roles later in the year.
Xero CEO Rod Drury says Ritchie has been with Xero for six years, and has built a team and platform to manage more than a million subscribers in 180 countries around the world.
He has overseen the biggest migration to AWS ever completed in Asia Pacific last year which sets us up for the next wave of industry innovation, says Drury.
“Our focus on succession planning and talent pipelining has allowed us to evolve our team as our business continues to grow quickly, and provide flexibility for our senior executives to balance life with world class work at scale,” says Drury.
“This week we’re bringing our top 100 leaders together in Wellington as part of Xero Week, which provides the ideal time to announce the transition.”
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