Fortnum & Mason has appointed Whistles IT and logistics director David Mold as its first chief information officer.

Mold has spent more than 25 years in the retail industry, working in a variety of IT and supply chain roles with retailers such as Debenhams, Arcadia and Aurora Fashions.

Fortnum & Mason chief executive Ewan Venters said: “This new position demonstrates mine and the board’s belief in technology as we look to the next 300 years of Fortnum & Mason. We need to be on the edge of technology and modernisation.”

Mold worked at Whistles for the past four years and worked on projects such as the introduction of a new distribution centre and transport network.

Whistles has yet to replace Mold.