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Garry Hounsell

Garry Hounsell

Chairman

  • Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Member of the Board since 20 September 2017
  • Chairman from 24 November 2017 and from 4 June 2018
  • Executive Chairman from 14 February 2018 to 3 June 2018
  • Chairman – Nomination Committee
  • Member – Human Resources and Remuneration 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, Integral Diagnostics Limited and Dulux Group Limited. Garry was also a Director of the Burnet Institute Limited and Methodist Ladies’ College 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. He is also a Director of Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation Limited.

John King

John King

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

  • Member of the Board since 4 June 2018

John was appointed CEO & Managing Director in June 2018. In this role, John has overall accountability for Myer financial performance and strategy and will oversee the refocusing of the Myer business. John brings to the role more than 30 years’ retail experience in merchandising and management roles across a variety of retail sectors, including department stores, value retail and wholesale apparel.

Most recently John King led the successful turnaround of House of Fraser from 2006 - 2015. During his tenure he improved the product differentiation, decreased debt, improved EBITDA and repositioned the business as one of the leading premium department stores in the UK.

He has also successfully led Matalan from 2003 - 2006, an apparel and housewares retailer based in the UK. In this role, John launched new brands, opened 20 new stores and successfully sold the company back to the founder. He started his career at Sainsbury’s and also worked for Marks & Spencer before taking senior roles in the manufacturing and wholesale sector in the UK & the USA.

Chris Froggatt

Chris Froggatt

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Member of the Board since 9 December 2010
  • Member – 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
  • Member – Nomination 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 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, Chairman of MotorCycle Holdings Limited and Babies Galore. He was also a board member of Unity Water.

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

Ian Cornell

Ian Cornell

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Member of the Board since 6 February 2014
  • Chairman – Human Resources and Remuneration Committee
  • Member – Nomination 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
  • Member – Nomination Committee

Dave has considerable brand, data, technology, omni-channel retail and digital transformation experience. Over the last 4 years Dave has led Lexer, a global data analytics company helping enterprise clients 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.

JoAnne Stephenson

JoAnne Stephenson

Independent Non-Executive Director

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

Julie Ann has over 30 years’ retail experience in brands, fashion and cosmetics from the sales floor through to buying, marketing, HR and as a 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 franchise rights for brands including Gucci, Guess, Moschino, Lanvin and Fendi in South East Asia and Australia. While at FJB, she established and headed up an international licensing business for local and US brands overseeing offices in Italy and New York with production in China. 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 holds a Master of Arts, Creative Media from RMIT University and a Diploma of Arts, RMIT University. She has been a member of the Institute of Directors (UK) and is currently a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

From February 2017 to June 2018, Julie Ann was Non-Executive Chair of Myer subsidiary boards overseeing the sass & bide, Marcs and David Lawrence brands where she set brand and business strategies. In June 2018 she handed responsibility for overseeing these brands to the incoming CEO, John King.

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 advisor to the not-for-profit Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas. Julie Ann also consults on projects specialising in fashion, retail, brands and the arts. Julie Ann resides in Victoria.

Lyndsey Cattermole AM

Lyndsey Cattermole AM

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Member of the Board since 15 October 2018
  • Member – Nomination Committee
  • Member – Human Resources and Remuneration Committee

Lyndsey founded one of Australia’s largest and most successful IT businesses, Aspect Computing, which operated for almost thirty years before being sold to the ASX listed company KAZ Group. Aspect Computing specialised in IT consulting, program development and product development, including retail and training. Aspect Computing developed international award winning systems and created one of Australia’s biggest software product exports, LANSA. In 2002, Lyndsey became a Non-Executive Director of KAZ Group following its purchase of Aspect Computing.

She has significant board experience including at Foster’s Group Ltd, Treasury Wine Estates Ltd, Tatts Group Ltd and the Victorian Major Events Corporation. Lyndsey also has extensive experience on State and Federal Government committees and boards, including the Federal Government’s Electronic, Electrical and Information Industry Board and the Prime Minister’s Science and Engineering Council. In Victoria, she was a member of the Premier’s Business Round Table.

Lyndsey was a Director of the Heide Museum for Modern Art, the Melbourne Theatre Company and has spent over ten years involved with community health, including at the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation and as Chairman for the Women’s and Children’s Health Care Network. She was instrumental in merging the Royal Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the Murdoch Research Institute to form the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; which is now one of Australia’s largest biomedical research institutes.

For these significant community involvements Lyndsey has been awarded an Order of Australia (AM). She is also a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society recognising her distinguished contribution to the Australian IT industry. Lyndsey resides in Victoria.

Other current directorships
Lyndsey is currently a director of PACT Group Holdings Ltd, Florey Neurosciences, PlayersVoice and the Melbourne Rebels.