Homewares giant Dunelm has drafted in two new board members with strong digital commerce backgrounds.

Ajay Kavan

Ajay Kavan launced Amazon Fresh in Europe and Asia

Dunelm has appointed former Amazon vice-president and Matches chief executive Ajay Kavan and betting company Flutter International chief executive Dan Taylor as non-executive directors.

The appointments come as Dunelm seeks to power multichannel growth.

At Amazon, where Kavan worked between 2011 and 2020, Kavan was responsible for initiatives including the launch of Amazon Fresh in Europe and Asia. He also brings experience from Kingfisher and former Argos owner Home Retail Group.

Taylor is a former chief executive of Paddy Power Betfair and was managing director of Teletext Holidays and director of strategy and commercial development at DMG Media.

Dunelm chair Alison Brittain said: “I am very pleased to welcome Ajay and Dan to Dunelm. Their appointments reflect our ongoing focus on ensuring effective board composition and complementary skill sets.

”Ajay’s experience across a range of well-known retailers strengthens our board as we continue to drive multichannel growth across our total retail system. Dan’s experience, particularly in the delivery of digital growth strategies in consumer-facing businesses, will add further expertise and value as we continue to evolve and improve our customer proposition.”

The pair will join Dunelm on March 1.