The alcohol ordering/delivery app Drizly announced this week that Bill Simon, former president and CEO of Walmart U.S., will join its leadership team.
Simon joins Drizly as the first independent director named to the company’s Board of Directors. He will leverage his experience in retail and beverage alcohol, the company says, providing expertise as Drizly continues to grow as the largest alcohol ecommerce platform in North America.
Prior to leading Walmart’s U.S operations, Simon served in senior positions at Diageo, PepsiCo, Cadbury-Schweppes and other leading companies. He currently serves on the board of directors at Darden Restaurants, Inc. and Chico’s FAS, Inc., and is an adjunct professor at Baylor University.
“Bill’s deeply relevant experience in retail, adult beverage and online marketplaces will contribute immensely to our next phase of growth, helping scale the business at a rapid pace with the discipline vital to long-term leadership and success, ” says Nick Rellas, CEO and co-founder at Drizly. “As we continue to blaze the path for alcohol ecommerce, helping our retail partners to grow and thrive in the process, the depth of operating experience and vision that Bill brings will be invaluable.”
Drizly is steadily expanding to new markets, reaching consumers, retail partners and suppliers in more than 70 North American cities, offering a wide selection of alcohol, customer service and deep data and insights into alcohol purchasing trends.
“The management team at Drizly impressed me from our first meeting,” says Simon. “They have a singular understanding of the traditional alcohol market and how emerging technology can help grow it for all of its stakeholders, from purchasers to suppliers to retailers.”