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Wayfair taps Walmart exec as tech head

Fiona Tan
Fiona Tan

Wayfair’s newest global head of technology spent the last six years in executive technology and engineering leadership roles at Walmart.

Wayfair has named Fiona Tan as global head of customer and supplier technology. Tan joins the online home furnishings retailer with more than 25 years of experience leading technology teams. In her role at Wayfair, Tan will oversee the engineering organization while managing the development of customer- and supplier-facing systems and technologies. 

Prior to Wayfair, Tan served as senior VP of U.S. technology at Walmart, where she was responsible for innovation and engineering execution spanning its site, mobile app and all associate and merchant-facing technology across its e-commerce and stores business in the U.S. 

Her prior roles at Walmart include senior VP of customer technology and VP of engineering. Tan’s team also drove technology strategy and operational excellence across Walmart Labs. Prior to Walmart, Tan served in a number of leadership roles at Ariba. She has a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

“We are thrilled to welcome Fiona to Wayfair as she brings with her extensive experience, technical depth and proven ability to scale teams and technology amid considerable growth,” said Jim Miller, CTO, Wayfair. “We are confident that Fiona is perfectly positioned to take the lead in rapidly scaling the technology and platforms that will further solidify Wayfair as the premier destination for home for consumers and the go-to e-commerce platform for our supplier partners.” 

“An unwavering customer focus and deep roots in building a strong culture of innovation has helped pave the way for Wayfair as the clear leader in home - and it’s just the beginning,” said Tan. “I couldn’t be more pleased to join Wayfair as it takes advantage of the incredible market opportunity ahead, particularly during such a pivotal moment in the company’s growth trajectory. I look forward to being part of an incredible team and building upon this strong momentum as we continuously raise the bar in creating the best possible shopping experience for home.” 

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