Establishing the right team culture within the Woolworths Group is a key element of the Customer 1st strategy. Under the new Group purpose of “we create better experiences together”, the Group Executive team is working together to create better experiences for our customers, team and communities every day.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Brad was appointed Managing Director of Woolworths Food Group in March 2015 and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Group in February 2016.
Prior to this appointment, he was Director of the Group’s Drinks business between 2012 and March 2015. Brad joined the Group in 2011 after the acquisition of the Cellarmasters Group, a direct wine retail and production company. He was Chief Executive Officer of Cellarmasters from 2007 to 2011. Prior to this, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Director at Tyro Payments and a Vice President and Director with The Boston Consulting Group, where he was a core member of their retail practice for 15 years.
Managing director WooliesX
WooliesX includes Woolworths Digital, E-Commerce, Customer Loyalty and Customer Services. Amanda joined the Woolworths Group in 2001 and during her time has worked across both the Supermarket and Drinks businesses. Amanda has held positions in both general management and specialist senior executive roles across omni-channel retailing, e-commerce, marketing, buying, private label, and business development. Amanda has an MBA from University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Queensland and was awarded a Chief Executive Women Scholarship to INSEAD.
Managing Director PEL
Dave is an experienced retailer and has been with the Woolworths Group for over 30 years. During this time Dave has held a number of senior roles stretched across store, area and divisional management. Prior to taking up the role of Managing Director in 2011, he was General Manager of New Zealand Supermarket Operations from 2008. Dave is also on the Trustee Board of the New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust.
Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary
Richard joined Woolworths Group in 2014 from Minter Ellison where he was a senior corporate partner. He has over 20 years’ experience practising law, and has held a number of general counsel and commercial general management roles. Richard holds a BA (Hons) and LLB from Monash University, an MBA from the University of Melbourne, a PhD from University of Cambridge, and he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
ChIEf customer transformation officer
Natalie joined the Woolworths Group in 2015 as Director Customer Transformation for Food Group. Prior to that Natalie was a Partner at McKinsey & Co, where she worked in the UK and Australia for 15 years advising on strategy and commercial transformation. Natalie led the McKinsey Women's Initiative in Asia and was a member of the global McKinsey Women leadership team. Natalie holds an MBA from INSEAD France, and Bachelor of Commerce and Law degrees with Honours, from the University of Sydney.
Director of Corporate Development
Prior to joining Woolworths Group in 2014, James was a partner at management consultancy The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). At BCG, James managed the firm's Sydney office and was leader of the Australian retail practice and the Asian strategy practice. Prior to this James was an economic policy advisor in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet during the Hawke and Keating governments. James completed a bachelor’s degree with Honours in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD.
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Paul has spent a significant part of his career living and working in the Asia Pacific region as well as the United Kingdom, Australia and North America. Before joining the Woolworths Group in 2016, Paul was Global COO and CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa for DHL Supply Chain covering 65 countries, some 170,000 people and $32 billion in revenue. Paul has also been a board member of one of Australia’s largest wholesale and grower produce companies, Executive Chairman of a large multi billion dollar global marketing services business headquartered in the UK and has served on various government and university advisory boards. He was awarded the Public Service Medal by the government of Singapore for services to the logistics industry in 2014.
Managing Director FoodCo, Fuel and Metro
Steve has had an extensive retail career of over 35 years with the Woolworths Group. During his time Steve has held a number of senior roles within Woolworths Group including Director of Business Development, Chief Operations Officer of Australian Supermarkets and Petrol, Director Woolworths Liquor Group, General Manager of Marketing and State Management roles for Australian Supermarkets.
Chief Information Officer
Originally from Cape Town, John spent over 25 years at Woolworths (Pty) Ltd in South Africa where he held a range of senior IT and core retail leadership roles, including CIO and Senior Executive for Food Planning and Value chain. A retailer through and through, John is passionate about how information technology is used in enabling the business to support both the front line team members as well as ensuring our customers have the best shopping experience. John joined the Woolworths Group in February 2017.
Chief People Officer
Caryn has over 20 years’ experience within HR roles and began her career in the Woolworths Group in 2004. Since joining the Group, she has held a number of senior HR roles across our business, including BIG W, Supply Chain, Supermarkets, Corporate Support and Food Group. Caryn also held the role of General Manager Business Transformation during this time. Originally from South Africa, Caryn holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of South Africa.
Chief Financial Officer
David joined Woolworths Group in 2011 as General Manager of Finance for Woolworths Supermarkets followed by Deputy CFO from November 2013. Prior to joining the Group, David was Supply Chain Director – Non Food at Tesco plc, UK, and previously UK Commercial Finance Director for almost three years. David has held a number of senior roles within leading Australian companies including Finance Director then Sales Director at Southcorp Limited, Sales Director – Destination at Foster’s and Chief Financial Officer Australian Pharmaceutical Industries.
Managing Director Woolworths supermarkets
Claire is an experienced retailer with over 22 years’ experience. Claire started her retail career in the UK working for grocery retailer, Tesco. During this time she held a variety of senior roles including Regional Retail Director; Managing Director, Large Stores; and Commercial Director, Healthcare & Baby, Beauty and Toiletries. In March 2014 Claire moved to Thailand to take up COO responsibilities for Tesco Thailand. Claire holds a BSC Hons in Economics & Sociology from the University of Loughborough UK. Claire joined the Woolworths Group in June 2017.
Managing Director of Endeavour Drinks Group
Martin Smith has had an extensive career in Retail spanning more than 45 years. Martin came to Australia in 1970 where he joined the Woolworths Group in an operational capacity, leaving in 1987. Martin rejoined Woolworths Group in 1999 working with AIW and later Dan Murphy’s as General Manager from 2008 to 2015. Martin brings significant knowledge, experience and operational excellence to the role of Managing Director, having held senior roles with FAL, Wesfarmers as well as an Independent Supermarket Chain.
Group Portfolio Director
Colin Storrie has over 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles in listed companies, investment banking and government. Prior to Colin’s most recent appointment, he joined the Woolworths Group as Deputy Chief Financial Officer in 2015. Colin has also held Group Treasurer, Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Chief Financial Officer positions at both Qantas Airways Ltd and AMP Ltd. He has held a number of listed and non-listed director roles and is currently an independent non-executive director of UNICEF Australia Ltd, AIG Australia Ltd and North Queensland Airports.