Retail appointments

Caltex chief to retire

Caltex Australia’s managing director and chief executive, Julian Segal, has announced his retirement. Seagal started at the petrol and convenience business in 2009, and will stay on board until a suitable replacement is found.

Caltex chairman Steven Gregg said Seagal oversaw major milestones in the petrol business, such as the closure of the Kurnell refinery, the establishment of Ampol Singapore, and the company’s expansion into New Zealand and the Philippines. 

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He was a key player in developing Caltex’s international fuel sourcing and supply chain, as well as driving an improved convenience offer in Australia, Gregg said.

Caltex will deliver its half-year results later this month. It expects group earnings before interest and tax to be just $120 million to $140 million, compared with the $443 million it reported in the 2018 half, due to difficult conditions rising from a slowing Australian economy.

Adairs appoints CFO

Home furnishings retailer Adairs has announced the appointment of Ashley Gardner as chief financial officer, effective immediately. He will be responsible for Adairs’ finance function, supply chain and merchandise planning.

Gardner (pictured) has previously served as CFO of David Jones and Country Road, and was regional CFO of their parent company, South Africa’s Woolworths Holdings. Prior to this, he was CFO of Just Group for nine years.

Gardner is a chartered accountant and holds a bachelor of commerce degree (honours) from the University of Melbourne.

Vinomofo brings new CMO aboard

Online wine retailer Vinomofo has hired former Village Roadshow marketer Clare Smith as its new chief marketing officer.

The appointment was made as Vinomofo reports it is ramping up marketing and growth strategies across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Smith has spent the past four years as director of digital marketing and customer at Village Roadshow. She was formerly at Medibank, Sensis and a number of agencies, and is dedicated to expanding and changing the way brands approach their digital, media and customer marketing strategies. Smith told CMO website that she was keen to work at Vinomofo. “Not only as one of the most disruptive brands in the wine industry but also for its brand personality and irreverence. I’m really excited to be joining the business and look forward to delivering amazing brand experience through all our customer touchpoints.”

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