Deliveroo has appointed Lord Simon Wolfson, former CEO of Next, as a non-executive director.

Wolfston will join Claudia Arney on the board, after her appointment as first chair in November.

Both Wolfson and Arney will contribute to steering the delivery giant in its upcoming expansion plans following the completion of a Series H funding round of over $180m from existing investors this week, valuing it at over $7bn.

Currently operating in over 150 locations across the UK, the business is looking to expand to a further 100 towns and cities this year. It also plans to more than double the number of Editions sites it operates worldwide, grow its on-demand grocery offer, and roll-out its new ‘Signature’ service, which enables customers to order directly through restaurants’ own channels.

Commenting on the appointment, Deliveroo CEO Will Shu said: “Simon will bring great knowledge and insight to the company and help us in our mission to become the definitive food company.

“We are looking forward to working with him as we continue to innovate, developing new tech tools to support restaurants, to provide riders with more work and to extend choice for customers, bringing them the food they love from more restaurants than ever before.”

“I am delighted to be taking up this role,” added Wolfston. “Deliveroo is an exciting, innovative and fast-growing company that, like Next, relies on advanced technology to deliver a market-leading proposition. I look forward to working with the talented leadership team on the many opportunities ahead.”

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