Brisbane-based Super Retail Group’s new CEO, Anthony Heraghty has made his first senior appointment since taking the top job earlier this month, choosing to back experience.
The company announced yesterday that it had appointed experienced retail executive Gary Williams as Managing Director of Super Retail’s Sports Retailing business.
Mr. Williams takes the top job from April 8 and will also join the company’s Leadership group.
In a statement yesterday Mr. Heraghty said “Rebel is Australia’s best-known sporting goods retailer and Gary is the perfect match for this business.
“His expertise in sports and consumer retailing, digital transformation and brand development will ensure that Rebel remains Australia’s first choice for sports and leisure gear. He will bring fresh perspectives to Super Retail Group as we continue building our Omni-retail strategy, delivering a world-class in-store and online experience for our customers.”
Mr. Williams said he was “thrilled to be joining Super Retail Group at an exciting time for the company. Millions of Australians have grown up with Rebel and I am honoured to be the next custodian of this amazing business.”
Mr. Williams is currently Chief Operating Officer at Alceon Retail Group – one of Australia’s largest retail investors – and brings more than 30 years of global retailing and marketing experience to the Group working for companies like Coca Cola, Westfield. Myer, David Jones/Country Road here and offshore.
Mr. Heraghty took the top job at Super Retail from the end of February, replacing longtime CEO, Peter Birtles who stepped down a month earlier this his planned retirement date at the end of March.
Super Retail shares rose 4.8% to $7.62.