Ocado Retail CEO Mel Smith is being celebrated for her bold leadership on International Women’s Day, as she has been shortlisted for the 2022 Bold Woman Awards by Veuve Clicquot.
This year’s shortlist for the 50-year-old awards programme which celebrates pioneering female leadership sees Smith in the running for the Bold Woman Award itself.
The flagship accolade celebrates excellent female leadership, honouring inspirational women with a proven record of business or organisational growth, underpinned by a commitment to supporting other women into leadership roles.
Smith, who joined Ocado Retail in 2019, impressed the judges due to the phenomenal growth Ocado Retail has seen under her leadership. The business has benefitted from her guidance and support during the pandemic, reporting a 40% increase in revenue over the past three years – faster than any other grocery retailer.
“It is an honour to be recognised alongside such brilliant individuals,” Smith said.
“On this International Women’s Day I look back at all the women and men who have been pivotal in my career and thank them for their support, guidance and allyship.
“To my Ocado Retail colleagues, I am so proud of the work we do every day, delivering fantastic services and products to our customers. My nomination today is a reflection of all of your incredible achievements.
“I believe in the power of curiosity, bringing my best self, and daring greatly. I hope that resonates and inspires the next generation of female and indigenous leaders in retail and beyond.”
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in September 2022.