Cazoo, a new automotive website to be launched in the U.K. later this year, has added another senior appointment to its team.
Online retail specialist Jonathan Howell (LinkedIn profile) will become chief technology officer. He will be responsible for building, scaling and growing the development team and website development along with other customer-facing technologies at the used car retail business.
Howell joins from MADE.com where he spent five years as chief technology officer and worked in a role with similar aims, growing the product management teams and supporting the expansion of the wider business.
Cazoo, the new business from Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman, has raised more than £30 million ($38 million U.S.) in funding, making it one of Europe’s best-funded start-up’s. The business has made several new appointments to its management team in recent weeks, opting for senior executives with automotive industry experience.
In May, Kevin Harding joined as pricing director from Auto Trader, Tony Long joined from Tesla as operations director, Bryan Stringer left Manheim to become head of operations at Cazoo and most recently Alex Gersh was recruited as CFO, joining from Paddy Power Betfair.
“It’s rare to get a chance to build something from the ground up and not inherit legacy tech. We will ensure that our website, AI and automation are world-class; which will ultimately help deliver the best possible consumer experience in the used car market,” Howell said.
Cazoo wants to make buying a used car no different from buying any other product online by allowing potential buyers to choose from thousands of cars, get them delivered within 48 hours and by offering a risk-free returns policy.
“We are delighted to welcome Jonathan to the Cazoo team. His retail experience and customer-centric approach to technology will help us deliver a simple and seamless digital used car buying experience for U.K. consumers when we launch later this year,” Chesterman commented.