Dalton Philips joins the Board of Starship Technologies
Retail industry veteran to advise the world’s leading autonomous robot delivery company
SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (September 1, 2021) – Starship Technologies, the world’s leading provider of autonomous delivery services, today announced that retail industry veteran Dalton Philips has joined the company’s Board.
Philips is currently the CEO of daa plc, whose principal activities include the operation and management of Dublin and Cork Airports, global airport retailing subsidiary ARI, and international aviation consultancy daa International. Philips was previously CEO of UK supermarket chain Morrisons from March 2010 – February 2015.
Philips brings vast retail experience having held many senior retail leadership roles alongside that of Morrisons, including Chief Operating Officer of Loblaw – Canada’s leading retailer, CEO Brown Thomas Group, and Chief Operating Officer of both Walmart Brazil and Walmart Germany. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and has been a Senior Advisor to The Boston Consulting Group, the global management consultancy.
Dalton Philips said: “Cracking the last mile – as in exceeding customer expectations at a cost that is economically accretive for the retailer – has been the ultimate goal of all digitally connected businesses for the last decade. Starship Technologies has developed both the hardware and software which will allow global retailers to now realise this ambition, and it’s a huge honour to join this incredibly exciting board where I hope to bring my own retail experience to support what is arguably the finest team in this space anywhere in the world.”
Starship’s co-founder and CTO Ahti Heinla, added: “Dalton brings an enormous amount of retail experience and nous to Starship. He understands the customer, and critically he understands the challenges needed to succeed in the last-mile delivery space. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have him join our Board and leverage his vast experience as we continue in our quest to make Starship the global leader in last-mile delivery.”
Starship announced in July that Alastair Westgarth had been appointed as the company’s new CEO, joining from Alphabet’s Loon, which started as part of X, Google’s Moonshot Factory.
Starship operates commercially on a daily basis around the world. Its zero-emission robots have made more than 1.6 million autonomous deliveries, travelled millions of miles and make more than 80,000 road crossings every day.
The Starship Food Delivery app is available for download on iOS and Android. To get started, users choose from a range of their favorite food or drink items, then drop a pin where they want their delivery to be sent. They can then watch as the robot makes its journey to them, via an interactive map. Once the robot arrives, they receive an alert, and can then meet and unlock it through the app.
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About Starship Technologies
Starship Technologies is revolutionizing deliveries with autonomous robots. The robots are designed to deliver food, groceries and packages locally in minutes. The delivery robots have traveled millions of miles and completed over 1.6m autonomous deliveries around the world. They drive autonomously but are monitored by humans who can take control at any time. Starship was founded by Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis (Skype Chief Architect and Co-founder) and Alastair Westgarth is the CEO.
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