Co-op’s Transformation from Brick and Mortar to AI with Databricks

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About Rob McKendrick

Rob is Head of Data within the CMO’s Data Science team at the Co-operative Group in Manchester. He is responsible for Data Strategy, Governance and Engineering and works closely with teams in rest of the company. The Co-op is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives working in Food, Insurance, Funeralcare and other markets. Rob has worked in data and analytics for over 20 years, starting as a research engineer in parallel database technology. Over the years he has worked at shaping and building data and analytic capabilities in household name organisations in Finance, Telecoms, Utilities, Government and Retail. The big attraction of the Co-op to Rob is that it is an open organisation owned by its members, which raises the bar on data governance and stewardship.