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Paul McClintock

Paul McClintock AO

Chairman

  • Independent non-executive director
  • Member of the Board since 8 August 2012
  • Appointed Chairman 10 October 2012
  • Chairman - Nomination Committee

Paul has held significant chairman and advisory positions across a broad range of industries, as well as government. He is highly regarded for his wide and varied experience, including his role as the Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Cabinet Policy Unit. Paul's former positions include chairman of Thales Australia, Medibank Private Limited, the COAG Reform Council, the Expert Panel of the Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund, Intoll Management Limited, Symbion Health, Affinity Health, Ashton Mining, Plutonic Resources, and the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research. He was also a director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and Perpetual Limited, a Commissioner of the Health Insurance Commission, and a member of the Australia-Malaysia Institute Executive Committee. Paul graduated in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney and is an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Sydney and a Life Governor of the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research. Paul resides in New South Wales.

Other current directorships
Paul is chairman of NSW Ports, I-MED Australia, O'Connell Street Associates and Broadspectrum, a subsidiary of Ferrovial Services. He is also a director of St Vincent's Health Australia and The George Institute for Global Health.

Garry Hounsell

Garry Hounsell

Deputy Chairman

  • Member of the Board since 20 September 2017
  • Independent non-executive director
  • Member - Human Resources and Remuneration Committee
  • Member - Nomination Committee

Garry has been Chairman of Spotless Holdings Limited, PanAust Limited and eMitch Limited and Deputy Chairman of Mitchell Communications Group Limited. He has also been a Director of Qantas Airways Limited, Orica Limited, Nufarm Limited and Integral Diagnostics Limited. Garry was also a Director of the Burnet Institute Limited and MLC Limited. He was an Advisory Board member of PanAust Limited and Rothschild Australia Limited. Garry is a former Chief Executive Officer and Country Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen and a Senior Partner of Ernst & Young. He is a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Garry resides in Victoria.

Other current directorships
Garry is the Chairman of Helloworld Travel Limited and a Director of Treasury Wine Estates Limited and Dulux Group Limited. He is also a Director of Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation Limited.

Richard Umbers

Richard Umbers

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

  • Member of the Board since 2 March 2015

Richard was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Myer in March 2015. In his role, Richard is responsible for leading the organisation, and delivering a significant program of change and reinvigoration to ensure that Myer continues to be an exciting destination for all of our customers. Richard joined Myer in September 2014 as Chief Information and Supply Chain Officer, with responsibility for online strategy, financial services and MYER one, as well as the logistics and IT functions. Prior to joining Myer, Richard was Executive General Manager for Parcel and Express Services at Australia Post, and also held the position of CEO for StarTrack. Richard also had responsibility for the enterprise-wide eCommerce program, a major change initiative designed to position Australia Post to take advantage of the boom in online shopping.

Richard has previously held a range of senior and general management positions in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) retailing with roles at Woolworths in Australia and New Zealand, and Aldi in Europe.

Richard has a Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Leicester (UK), and a Bachelor of Science with honours in Geology and Geography from The University of Exeter (UK). He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Richard resides in Victoria.

Anne Brennan

Anne Brennan

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Member of the Board since 16 September 2009
  • Chairman - Audit, Finance and Risk Committee
  • Member - Human Resources and Remuneration Committee
  • Member - Nomination Committee

Anne brings strong financial credentials and business acumen to Myer, including her experience from senior management roles in both large corporate organisations and professional services firms. Anne has more than 20 years' experience in audit, corporate finance, and transaction services including executive roles as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at CSR, and Finance Director at the Coates Group. Prior to her executive roles, Anne was a partner in three professional services firms: KPMG, Arthur Andersen, and Ernst & Young. During her time at Ernst & Young, Anne was a member of the national executive team and a board member.

Anne holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from University College Galway. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Anne resides in New South Wales.

Other current directorships
Anne is a director of Argo Investments Limited, Charter Hall Group, Nufarm Limited and Rabobank Limited (Australia and New Zealand), as well as O'Connell Street Associates.

Chris Froggatt

Chris Froggatt

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Member of the Board since 9 December 2010
  • Chairman - Human Resources and Remuneration Committee
  • Member - Nomination Committee

Chris has a broad industry background, including experience in consumer branded products, retailing, and hospitality across numerous industries such as beverages, food, and confectionery. She has more than 20 years’ executive experience as a human resources specialist in leading international companies including Brambles Industries, Whitbread Group, Mars, Diageo, and Unilever NV.

Chris has served on the boards of Britvic, Sports Direct International, and Goodman Fielder Limited; as well as being a director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra Instrument Fund, and as an independent trustee director of Berkeley Square Pension Trustee Company Limited.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature from the University of Leeds (United Kingdom). Chris is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Chris resides in New South Wales.

Robert (Bob) Thorn

Robert (Bob) Thorn

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Member of the Board since 6 February 2014
  • Member - Audit, Finance and Risk Committee

Bob brings considerable general business and senior retail management experience to Myer from 13 years at Super Retail Group; nine of those years in the role of Managing Director. During his time at the company, Bob drove Australia and New Zealand expansions and led the creation of the Boating Camping Fishing (BCF) business, the market leader in camping and leisure.

Prior to Bob's 13 years with Super Retail Group, he was previously General Manager at Lincraft, and held senior roles at other major retailers including nine years with David Jones. Bob has also been the chairman of Cutting Edge, and a director at WOW Sight and Sound, MotorCycle Holdings Limited, Babies Galore, and Unity Water.

Bob is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently independent Chairman of PWR Holdings Limited. Bob resides in Queensland.

Other current directorships
Bob is a director of Rotah Group Pty Ltd and is independent chairman of PWR Holdings Limited.

Ian Cornell

Ian Cornell

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Member of the Board since 6 February 2014
  • Member - Human Resources and Remuneration Committee

Ian has extensive experience in the retail industry across a number of senior retail roles, including 11 years at Westfield. During his time at Westfield, Ian was Head of Human Resources for seven years and also responsible for retailing relationships in Australia and New Zealand. He also spent three years as the Head of Management and Marketing for Westfield's shopping centres in Australia and New Zealand and has extensive experience in large scale retail operations and responding to changing consumer trends. Prior to joining Westfield, Ian was chairman and CEO of supermarket chain, Franklins, and earlier spent 22 years at Woolworths, including his role as Chief General Manager Supermarkets. Ian has previously been a director of Goodman Fielder Limited. Ian is also a Fellow of the Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Human Resources Institute, a member of the Institute of Company Directors, and a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard. Ian resides in New South Wales.

Other current directorships
Ian is the non-executive chairman of Baby Bunting Group Limited and a non-executive director of Inglis Bloodstock, as well as of the PKD Foundation of Australia, a charitable foundation raising funds for medical research into kidney disease.

Dave Whittle

Dave Whittle

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Member of the Board since 30 November 2015
  • Member - Audit, Finance and Risk Committee

Dave has considerable brand, data, technology, omni-channel retail and digital transformation experience. Over the last 3 years Dave has led Lexer, a data, software and services provider, helping enterprise companies genuinely understand and engage their customers. Previously, Dave spent 10 years with global advertising group M&C Saatchi in a number of local and international leadership roles, culminating in three years as Managing Director in Australia. Prior to joining M&C Saatchi, Dave was the first employee of a marketing services group that built four digital service and software businesses. Dave has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University. Dave resides in New South Wales.

Other current directorships
Dave is a director of Lexer Pty Ltd and a non-executive director of the Melbourne Festival and the GWS GIANTS Foundation.

JoAnne Stephenson

JoAnne Stephenson

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Member of the Board since 28 November 2016
  • Member - Audit, Finance and Risk Committee
  • Member - Human Resources and Remuneration Committee

JoAnne has extensive experience spanning over 25 years across a range of industries JoAnne was previously a senior client partner in the Advisory division at KPMG and has key strengths in finance, accounting, risk management and governance. JoAnne holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from The University of Queensland. She is also a member of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. JoAnne resides in Victoria.

Other current directorships
JoAnne is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Challenger Limited, Asaleo Care Limited and Japara Healthcare Limited. She is also Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria), the Victorian Major Transport Infrastructure Board and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.

Julie Ann Morrison

Julie Ann Morrison

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Member of the Board since 17 October 2017

Julie Ann has extensive experience in fashion retailing and brands from the sales floor through to merchandising, buying, marketing and managing director. She was the Managing Director of Bulgari UK (2012 to 2014) concurrent with being the Managing Director of Bulgari Australia (2007 to 2014), part of the LVMH Group. She was also the Managing Director of FJB Australia, the then largest luxury goods company in Australia, which had retail and distribution rights for brands including Gucci, Guess, Moschino, Lanvin and Fendi in South East Asia and Australia. While at FJB, she also established an international licensing business for local and US brands including accessories for David Lawrence, Sportscraft, Ann Taylor (US) and Bill Blass (US). Julie Ann was a finalist in the BRW/Qantas Business Woman of the Year and went on to establish a management consulting business specialising in retail and brands. She has been a member of the Institute of Directors (UK) and is currently a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Julie Ann resides in Victoria.

Julie Ann is an advisory board member and consultant to Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd (including the Carla Zampatti and Bianca Spender brands) and a fashion business curator and advisor to the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas, which is a non-profit project to advance engagement in fashion culture and ideas. Julie Ann also consults on projects specialising in fashion, retail, brands and the arts.

Other current directorships
Since February 2016, Julie-Ann has been a non-executive director of subsidiary boards of Myer Holdings Limited which operate the sass & bide fashion brand, providing valuable guidance on addressing performance issues, setting a new strategy and restructuring the management team. Since July 2017 she has been non-executive Chair of those subsidiaries and a further subsidiary within Myer Holdings which operates the Marcs and David Lawrence fashion brands.