Sephora Executive Named to CIO Role at Inspire Brands
Thursday, March 28th, 2019
Inspire Brands announced that Raghu Sagi will join the company as Chief Information Officer. Sagi will be responsible for leading technology initiatives across the Inspire enterprise, including leveraging existing and emerging technologies to enhance the experience for the more than 1.7 billion guest interactions in our restaurants each year.
Sagi most recently served as Chief Engineering Officer for Sephora Americas (an LVMH brand) where he was responsible for Omni-Channel Digital, Retail, Personalization & CRM including Loyalty, and Data Insights technology capabilities and platforms. Among the many industry awards and recognition won by Sephora overall during his tenure were the L2 Digital IQ “Genius” ranking (5 years in a row), Retailer Of The Year (2018), WWD Beauty “Visionary” (2016), and others. Prior to Sephora, Sagi held technology leadership positions at Walmart, and before that was at Best Buy and Accenture.
Sagi will join Inspire effective April 15. He will report to Inspire Chief Executive Officer Paul Brown and will be based out of the Atlanta Support Center. Former CIO Darla Morse will transition from Inspire to become Chief Information Officer of CKE Restaurants, a restaurant company that is also majority-owned by Roark.
“I am thrilled to welcome Raghu to Inspire. He is an exceptional, innovative leader who has extensive experience in utilizing technology to fundamentally enhance the customer experience. Many initiatives he has led over his career are widely considered the benchmark for the implementation of cutting-edge digital technologies in the retail space,” said Paul Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Inspire Brands. “Raghu will be instrumental in the digital transformation of Inspire and our brands.”
“I also want to thank Darla for her many contributions to Arby’s and Inspire over the years and wish her the best in her new endeavor,” said Brown.