Jason Gissing

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Jason Gissing (born 1970) is one of the founders of Ocado, an online grocery retailer in the United Kingdom.

Gissing was born in the UK and educated at Oundle School in Northamptonshire and Worcester College, Oxford University. He has an English father and Japanese mother[1]

He is one of the founders of Ocado, the UK based e-grocer. He started the business with two friends and former colleagues from Goldman Sachs (Tim Steiner and Jonathan Faiman) in January 2000[2] Prior to Ocado, Jason spent eight years as a banker at Goldman Sachs. Ocado is the largest dedicated internet grocery retailer in the world and has won numerous customer service awards in the UK. It has been operationally profitable since November 2007 but did not make post-tax profit until 2014. It listed on the London stock market in July 2010, valuing the company at £940 million.

Jason graduated from Worcester College, Oxford with a law degree in 1992. He played tennis for Oxford and was a member of Vincent's and the Bullingdon Club,.[3] He is a keen skier and footballer, and is married to former professional skier Katinka, daughter of the late Arne Naess, Jr.[4] They have 4 children. His sister-in-law is the folk rock musician Leona Naess and his brother-in-law is the singer/songwriter Evan Ross.

In January 2014 Gissing announced that he would retire, staying on until the AGM on 7 May. Ocado had sales of circa £1 billion in 2014 and made its first ever profit. This leaves chief executive Tim Steiner as the last remaining founder still with the company.[5]

In July 2014 Gissing and his eldest son survived a train crash in Zimbabwe. [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ."Ocado founder I was about to get on a plane to Japan"
  2. ^ "Jason Gissing of Ocado: it’s all in the delivery"
  3. ^ "Portrait of a 'classless' Tory"
  4. ^ "Lucy Kellaway meets The Man with the Ocado Van"
  5. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/feb/04/ocado-founder-leaves-sales-up-losses-widen
  6. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2682715/SEBASTIAN-SHAKESPEARE-George-Osbornes-Oxford-chum-wedding-rail-horror.html

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