Retail appointments

Levi Aron, Deliveroo Australia country manager

Aron to leave Deliveroo

Deliveroo’s country manager in Australia, Levi Aron, is leaving the food delivery company to pursue external opportunities after nearly four years at the helm.

Merten Wulfert, managing director of APAC and the Middle East, will take over the day-to-day management of the food-delivery service in Australia, while the company looks for a new country manager.

Greg Ellis, former CEO of REA Group and Scout24, will also become senior adviser to Deliveroo Australia, and is expected to aid the company’s next phase of growth and expansion.

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Aron joined Deliveroo in August 2015 as country manager for Australia, and launched it in the market in November of the same year. Under his leadership, the food-delivery platform has grown to work with 11,000 restaurants across 13 Australian cities. It has 8000 riders and reaches 11 million Australians.

Prior to Deliveroo, Aron was general manager of restaurant-booking app Yumtable. Before that he was the operations manager of new startups for CatchOfTheDay.com.

Yum makes changes at the top

Mark King, the former president of Adidas Group North America, will join Yum Brands as Taco Bell Division chief executive officer. King has been with Adidas since 1980, rising from sales in the company’s TaylorMade golf division to the current executive emeritus.

In a second major shift for Yum, Artie Starrs, the president of Pizza Hut US, is being promoted to Pizza Hut Division chief executive officer. Starrs has been with Pizza Hut for six years. Before that he was chief financial officer and executive vice-president of Rave Cinemas in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Both appointments are effective August 5.

Yum Brands, based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 48,000 restaurants in more than 145 countries and territories primarily operating the company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Worldwide, the Yum Brands system opens over eight new restaurants per day on average. 

Best Buy promotes Bilunas to CFO

Best Buy has announced that Matt Bilunas, the company’s senior vice-president of enterprise and merchandise finance, has been promoted to chief financial officer, effective immediately.

A 13-year veteran of Best Buy, Bilunas has risen through the company’s finance organisation and has held both corporate and field roles along with domestic and international positions.

As the SVP of enterprise and merchandise finance since 2017, he has been responsible for the company’s planning processes, including strategic planning, annual budgeting, monthly forecasting and capital planning.

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