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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.

Grant Devonport

Grant Devonport

Chief Financial Officer

Grant was appointed CFO of Myer in July 2015. As CFO, Grant's responsibilities cover all financial planning, accounting, treasury management, taxation, procurement, compliance, internal audit and financial services aspects of the business.

Prior to joining Myer, Grant most recently served as CFO of Toll Holdings Limited. He has previously held senior finance, commercial, and executive roles with Toll in Australia and New Zealand, as well as senior positions with Village Roadshow and the National Australia Bank Group.

Grant is a Chartered Accountant (CA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in New Zealand.

Karen Brewster

Karen Brewster

Executive General Manager Merchandise Buying

Karen was appointed as Executive General Manager Merchandise Buying in July 2017. In this role she has responsibility for all merchandise categories including Mens and Womens Apparel, Beauty, Intimate Apparel, Childrenswear, Accessories, Footwear, Home and Entertainment. Prior to this appointment Karen was Group General Manager - Apparel.

Karen is a career retailer, having commenced with Myer in 1993, after completing a BA Commerce at Melbourne University. She has held a variety of senior roles across the business in buying, planning, analysis and business administration.

Damian Walton

Damian Walton

Executive General Manager Merchandise Planning

Damian was appointed Executive General Manager, Merchandise Planning in July 2017. In this role Damian's responsibilities include the overall planning of the merchandise strategy, managing the merchandise budget and financial performance of the business and controlling inventory for the company.

Damian is a career merchant with over 27 years' experience. Prior to joining Myer in 2015, Damian was General Manager of Home at Target Australia and previously held senior merchandise roles in both buying & planning at Selfridges, Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser and Shop Direct in the UK.

Louise Tebbutt

Louise Tebbutt

Executive General Manager Human Resources, Risk and Safety

Louise was appointed Executive General Manager Human Resources, Risk and Safety in August 2012 and is responsible for all aspects of Myer's human resources including organisational development, sourcing and talent strategies, industrial relations, and risk and safety.

Louise also oversees the Operating Model and Way of Working initiatives aligned to the new strategy. Louise has over 20 years of industry experience, and prior to joining Myer from the Coles Group in 2006, she held senior roles in a number of businesses including Coles Supermarkets and Target.

Louise is also a director of the Myer Stores Community Fund and Chair of the Myer Superannuation Policy Committee.

Louise Pearson

Louise Pearson

Group General Manager Retail Operations

Louise was appointed to Group General Manager Retail Operations in May 2016, to lead and develop the operational strategies and tactics to support the New Myer Transformation Strategy, in particular the customer service strategy. Louise is a career retailer, spanning 25 years and working at Myer since 1996. Working predominantly in stores and operations Louise's career has enjoyed great success working in many different states and across many roles and key projects.

Mark Cripsey

Mark Cripsey

Chief Digital & Data Officer

Mark was appointed Chief Digital and Data Officer in November 2015 and is responsible for all aspects of Myer's eCommerce, IT, supply chain and data analytics as well as execution of the Myer omni-channel strategy.

Mark has significant experience in driving technology driven transformation in retail environments and has specialist expertise in omni-channel retailing. Prior to joining Myer, Mark held senior roles at Coles - including General Manager of Coles online. Mark has also held senior roles at Tesco in the USA, UK and India.

Michael Scott

Michael Scott

Executive General Manager Brand and Marketing

Michael was appointed to the role of Executive General Manager Brand and Marketing on 1st June 2016. In this role, Michael will be responsible for all aspects of advertising, digital and marketing as well as the Myer brand strategy.

Michael brings significant customer facing and retail experience including more than 15 years in marketing and brand management across local and international brands including Virgin Australia, McDonalds, Coles Myer and Nike.

Peter Mitchley Hughes

Peter Mitchley Hughes

Head of Transformation

Peter was appointed Head of Business Transformation in January 2017 and is responsible for delivering all aspects of the New Myer Transformation. Peter is a finance trained, MBA qualified, executive leader with over 20 years' experience in blue-chip FMCG and Retail companies. He has a proven record in enterprise business transformation, operational efficiency, organisational change and program delivery. In the UK, he worked for M&S as Head of Commercial Finance, followed by the development and delivery of the new M&S.com multichannel platform. In 2014 he was then invited to Australia to lead eCommerce, Digital Marketing and Customer Loyalty at Target prior to taking a position at Myer.

Richard Amos

Chief General Counsel and Company Secretary

Richard was appointed as Chief General Counsel and Company Secretary in July 2015 and manages the legal and company secretarial functions for the Myer Group.

Before joining Myer, Richard worked with leading brewing and consumer dairy business, Lion, for 10 years in a range of executive roles including Corporate Development and Risk Director and General Counsel of Lion Beer, Spirits and Wine Australia and NZ. Richard also worked for international law firm Baker & McKenzie in Sydney, London, and Bangkok for 10 years.

Timothy Clark

Timothy Clark

Executive General Manager Property, Store Development and Services

Tim was appointed as Group General Manager Property, Store Development and Services in January 2011 and is responsible for Myer's property network. This includes our store refurbishment program, in-store design developments, optimising the productivity returns of Company space, and the execution of all facilities management requirements.

Tim was then appointed as Executive General Manager with the additional responsibilities of the Company Project Management Office.

Tim has also held executive roles at Gazman Menswear and Crown Ltd.

Tony Sutton

Tony Sutton

Executive General Manager Stores

Tony was appointed to lead the stores team in September 2012, and in that role he oversees all of the operations of the Myer store network, including our customer service strategy and bringing wonderful experiences to life for our customers.

Tony is a career retailer, joining Myer in 1992, and has worked cross-functionally in a number of senior roles including store and regional management, merchandise, and marketing.