Shoprite celebrates David Cohn with heartfelt retirement video

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Shoprite says David’s leadership at Shoprite Technology has been instrumental in ensuring the group continues to serve its customers with excellence.

David Cohn, the former chief information officer of the Shoprite Group, announced his retirement last year after a distinguished 20-year career with the retailer. His leadership at Shoprite Technology has been pivotal in maintaining the group’s commitment to excellence in customer service.

Chris Shortt was appointed as David's successor at the retail giant.

Throughout his tenure as CIO, David spearheaded numerous large-scale projects, driving technological advancements and ensuring the stability and effectiveness of services. With over 30 years of experience, primarily in the retail industry, he has a deep understanding of how technology and data can support, enable, and transform organisations.

David’s passion for innovation has kept Shoprite at the cutting edge of global technology trends. His ability to align business needs with retail technology has facilitated the successful implementation of innovative initiatives across the group. Under his guidance, Shoprite’s project management office (PMO) received notable accolades, including the SAP Africa Business Transformation Award in 2018 and the Africa PMO of the Year Award in 2020.

David’s career began as an associate partner with Accenture before joining Shoprite, where he dedicated two decades to advancing the group’s technological capabilities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business science, finance, and general business management from the University of Cape Town.

“David Cohn is one of the most intelligent, loyal, and hardworking people that I’ve had the pleasure to work alongside,” commented Joseph Brönn, deputy CEO at Shoprite Group, in a retirement video shared on the group’s LinkedIn page.

David enjoys outdoor activities and craftsmanship. In his spare time, he loves walking on Table Mountain, woodworking and spending quality time with his family and friends.

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