Ashford.com Enlists Buffkin Group to Place New C-Suite Leadership

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ashford.com – a premiere global internet retailer of fine watches and specialty jewelry – has hired David Adams as its new chief operating officer and Vijay Murali as its chief technology officer. The Buffkin Group – a leading national retained search firm and member of Panorama Search – managed the talent search.

“As we build Ashford into the leading global platform for luxury products, we are very pleased to bring aboard two experienced and talented leaders in David and Vijay,” says Mozes Hoch, founder and CEO of Ashford.com. “They understand the challenges involved in providing a great customer experience to shoppers from around the globe, and they are committed to making our curated shopping experience second-to-none.”

“We are excited to partner with Ashford to build their team as they look to continue evolving their global digital ecommerce platform,” said Craig Buffkin, managing partner of The Buffkin Group. “Both of these individuals have extensive backgrounds in their fields and will play a large role in the success of Ashford.com.”

As COO, Adams will be the key driver in expanding the company’s ecommerce platform globally. He will also be responsible for the operations and overall revenue growth and profitability of Ashford.com, as well as sales and any digital consumer interfaces. Adams was senior vice president of interactive technology for Ralph Lauren, Inc., where he was the global domain leader for digital and consumer facing technology. In that role, he was responsible for technology strategy, architecture, design, engineering and operations for the retailer’s ecommerce and omni-channel business. Adams has more than 20 years of strategic planning, product development, operations and business leadership experience.

In his new role as CTO, Murali will focus on establishing a global technology platform and strategy that enables Ashford.com to scale. He will be responsible for the website, security, operational platforms and the technology driving the customer experience. Most recently, Murali was chief information officer and senior technology leader for Fabric.com – a subsidiary of Amazon.com. For more than a decade, Murali held technology leadership roles at Nutrisystem, Inc., including vice president of ecommerce operations and senior director of ecommerce technology.

Ashford.com is an ecommerce channel of Alliance Time, which has a strong domestic and rapidly growing international presence. The company markets and distributes more than 5,000 luxury SKUs from more than 70 brands and translates its website into five languages.

About Ashford.com
Ashford.com is a leading global online luxury goods retailer. The Company focuses on providing its customers a premium value proposition based on: breadth of assortment; global, safe-and-secure curated shopping experience; speed of delivery to over 120 countries…and unequalled price/value equation. Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, Ashford.com has operations in Switzerland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Guangzhou China. Ashford.com is an Internet Retailer Top 500 company and a member of the BBB online reliability program. Ashford.com can be found online at www.ashford.com.

About The Buffkin Group
The Buffkin Group is a retained search firm focusing in health care, technology, digital media, digital marketing and financial services. Each partner in the firm has been a leader in their respective fields and each has more than a decade of retained search experience. Combined, the firm’s partners have more than 65 years of search experience and more than 100 years of industry experience. The Buffkin Group serves public, private, venture and private equity backed companies. Office locations include Nashville, Tenn., New York and Washington, D.C., with affiliate offices in San Francisco and London. The company is a member of Panorama Search, an international federation of firms. The Buffkin Group’s health care practice has been named the 24th largest health care search practice by Modern Healthcare – and is the largest Nashville health care search firm. To learn more about The Buffkin Group, visit www.thebuffkingroup.com.

Contacts: Todd Smith 615.454.5745, x303 todd@deanesmithpartners.com Allison Carter 615.454.5745, x301 allison.barnes@deanesmithpartners.com

Source:The Buffkin Group

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