What if you truly understood how your customers choose? What if you were able to identify how a given customer would likely react to an assortment of products? And based on this, how products interact with each other? The possibilities to make better decisions and optimize retail inventories would be endless.
At Celect, we believe answering this question is the most important challenge facing retailers. And we believe we have a scientific breakthrough that will fundamentally change how retailers think about the interactions between customers and products.
With technology developed out of MIT, Celect builds on a fundamental advance in customer choice modeling. The Celect Choice Engine enables retail buyers, merchandisers, planners and inventory analysts to increase sales, margins, and reduce markdowns by placing the right product, in the right place, at the right time - across all channels. Our team of data scientists and retail professionals are passionate about helping our customers turn big data in to actionable and insightful “smart data” and significantly improve same-store sales and increase online conversion.
Celect is Bringing Science to the Art of Retail®.
John has spent the last two decades helping retailers, distributors, and brands optimize their omni-channel strategies and operations. Prior to Celect, John was VP of Product Management & Strategy for Oracle Commerce, coming to Oracle via the Endeca acquisition where John was VP of Marketing & Product Management. John started his career within Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice. John holds a BA in Economics and Computer Science from Boston College and received his master’s degree from the Harvard Business School.
José is Vice President Business Development at Celect. He has worked internationally in the retail industry for over two decades. José has held senior management positions in buying, marketing, merchandising and planning having worked for Richemont, LVMH and Roberto Cavalli. In addition, José teaches Retailing at Parsons The New School for Design. He holds an AAS from the Fashion Institute of Technology, BS from Cornell University, an MBA from the University of Rochester and SM from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Rob is an accomplished sales leader bringing nearly two decades of enterprise sales experience to his role as Vice President of Sales at Celect. Prior to Celect, Rob was Area Vice President at Aveksa (acquired by EMC), Vice President-America’s at BMC Software, Regional Vice President at Coradiant (acquired by BMC) and Strategic Sales Director at NetScaler (acquired by Citrix). Rob holds two engineering degrees from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.
Vivek is Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Celect. He is the Patrick J. McGovern (1959) Professor of Management at MIT Sloan. His research has led to numerous innovations in operations, supply-chain and yield management. Prior to academia he worked in algorithmic finance and received his PhD in EE at Stanford.
As VP of Customer Success at Celect, Andrew brings over 25 years of experience leading Customer Success and Professional Services organizations at high growth companies. Prior to Celect, Andrew was VP of Customer Success at Acquia, Chief Customer Officer at RealDecoy and VP of Professional Services at Endeca (acquired by Oracle). Andrew holds his BA in Operations Research from the University of Texas at Austin.
Matt has 20 years of Talent Acquisition experience developing and leading key recruiting strategies from start-up to large matrixed organizations. Prior to Celect, Matt lead Talent Acquisition for Iron Mountain’s Emerging & I.T businesses. His entrepreneurial background consists of launching his own recruiting business that concentrated on partnering with well-funded technology start up’s throughout New England. Matt holds a BA in Psychology from Hobart College and received an MBA from Boston College Carroll School of Management.
Devavrat is Chief Scientist and Co-Founder of Celect. He is the Jamieson Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He has invented ground-breaking algorithms in areas ranging from networking to social data analytics. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford and a BTech in Computer Science from IIT Bombay where he was the President of India Gold Medalist.
Molly Shaw brings 30 plus years of retail experience to the Celect Retail Solutions team. She has worked in various leadership positions in Merchandising, Planning, Human Resources & IT. Most of her career was at Saks Fifth Avenue and most recently at Hudson’s Bay Company. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School BS in Marketing.
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