10 February 2020

X5 Retail Group opens Digital Academy

Moscow, 10 February 2020 – X5 Retail Group ("X5" or the "Company"), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE and MOEX ticker: "FIVE"), announces the launch of the first modules of its Digital Academy, a corporate education platform for enhancing employees’ digital skills and expertise.

The Academy aims to help participants acquire or improve competencies required to work effectively in a digital environment. The training programme will focus on change management, product management, data analysis and management, digital tools, enhancing technical expertise, and digital culture. Training courses will be tailored based on the specific job responsibilities of employees ranging from technical functions and experts, to product owners, top management and operational staff. The Academy courses will be available to employees of the X5 Corporate Centre, as well as the Pyaterochka, Perekrestok, and Karusel retail formats.

Over 40 educational products for different training levels will be rolled out. The Academy provides for various training formats ranging from site visits and sharing best practices to face-to-face lectures, online courses, hands-on training, labs, coaching sessions, seminars and workshops. The training will be run by in-house instructors as well as visiting experts from leading universities, partner companies and online education platforms.

"X5’s business can be viewed in terms of traditional retail operations and a new block of digital projects. Our Corporate Centre already employs over 1,500 IT and data experts. This year, we are set to boost that number to facilitate X5’s digital transformation, which is one of our strategic priorities. Among other tasks, the Academy seeks to help current employees develop their technical skills and acquire new competencies and expertise. We expect several thousand of our colleagues to complete the training this year," said Tatiana Krasnoperova, HR and Organisational Development Director at X5.

The Academy has already welcomed X5 product teams, with Python and Data Science internal schools slated for launch in 2020. There will also be programmes centred on relevant digital areas and a single education platform for all employees.​