Tesco Labs head Angela Maurer exits supermarket after 18 years

Maurer has worked with the supermarket chain for 15 years / Tesco

Angela Maurer has left her role as head of Tesco Labs, ending her 18-year career with the supermarket.

Since its inception, Maurer has helped steer the Tesco's technology research and development arm. She was promoted from head of innovation to head of labs in 2014.

The Drum understands she will now join real estate firm Land Sec as group head of innovation.

As of yet, Tesco hasn't lined up anyone to replace the exec however it is currently advertising for the same position with a focus on retail product and technology innovation.

As well as being tasked with creating sponsorship opportunities with tech suppliers, academics, venture capitalists and startups, the labs lead will be responsible for building "a network of external partners allowing for cross-fertilisation of new ideas from inside and outside of Tesco".

Maurer joined the Tesco graduate programme in 2000, she moved on to become head of online experience for its grocery home shopping service and head of web and mobile development – launching Tesco's first mobile e-commerce offerings.

Under her leadership, Tesco has introduced shopping via the Google Home.

Amid increasing competition from Amazon it has also it is also trialling a 'shop and go' technology that lets customers scan and pay for what's in their basket without using a till.

Maurer's departure follows on from the supermarket appointing Tash Whitmey as loyalty and membership director at Tesco last year.

Tesco recently shuttered its clothing and homeware website Tesco Direct, calling it an "essential step towards establishing a more sustainable non-food offer and growing our business for the future".

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