Wayfair COO James Savarese, CTO John Mulliken to retire
Wayfair announced that James Savarese, COO, and John Mulliken, CTO, will retire from the company. Both served the company for more than a decade each. As part of a planned transition, Wayfair has appointed Thomas Netzer, current COO of Wayfair's European operations, to succeed Savarese as COO. Netzer will relocate from Wayfair's Berlin office to Boston headquarters this summer. Wayfair has also promoted Allan Lyall to the new role of chief global supply chain officer with responsibility for the company's global supply chain. Savarese will remain with the company to support the transition through October 15. Netzer steps into the COO role after serving as one of Wayfair's most senior leaders responsible for growing Wayfair's European sales and service organization, overseeing the European CastleGate warehousing business and managing all European supply chain functions. Prior to Wayfair, Netzer spent more than 20 years working in global transportation and infrastructure for McKinsey & Company. Lyall joined Wayfair in 2018. Prior to Wayfair, Lyall built and led physical operations during rapid growth phases for a number of companies. With Mulliken's planned departure, current Wayfair board member Jim Miller will serve as interim CTO while Wayfair conducts an external search. Miller brings decades of experience in technology and product innovation to the Wayfair team. Mulliken will remain with the company to support the transition through October 15.