Nicole Sheffield named first female president of the Australian Retailers Association

Nicole Sheffield, Chief Data and Digital Officer at Wesfarmers, has been announced as the new Board Chair of the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), becoming the first woman to be appointed to the position.

Following the announcement, the former CEO of NewsLifeMedia said it was an honor to be elected as the ARA’s first female president and she looked forward to working with the board.

“This is a pivotal time for the retail sector, with Covid continuing to impact many businesses in terms of supply chain constraints and staff shortages,” she said. . “We need to ensure retailers are well positioned to weather the pandemic pain and economic headwinds so they can capitalize on Australia’s post-Covid recovery.”

Sheffield stressed the importance of developing technology and innovation within the industry, including methods of supplying goods and services, and examining how companies interact with customers.

“It’s important that businesses continue to harness the power of data and digital as retail continues to evolve,” she said.

“As President of the ARA, I am committed to being a strong advocate for all retailers and look forward to working with the Board and CEO to ensure that the ARA remains a powerful and united voice for retail. ‘industry.”

Other changes have been made to the ARA board over the past week, including Retail Prodigy Group co-founder and CEO Stephen Younane as vice-chairman of the board, and Krista Diez-Simson and Josephine Barbaro as board members.

ARA said the latest appointments demonstrate the company’s commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion, with ARA’s board now reflecting equal representation of women.

Other female board members recently appointed include Katie McNamara, director of strategy and clientele at Super Retail Group, and Maria McCarthy, managing director of general affairs at Bunnings.

According to CEO Paul Zahra, the ARA Board is now 60% women and 76% of all ARA employees are women.

“I’m confident [Sheffield] will make an outstanding contribution to the ARA and our wider retail community,” Zahra said in a statement.

“Diversity, Equality and Inclusion are key issues for us at ARA and the equal representation of women on the Board reflects the strong commitment we have to this space and to achieving better results in the sector. retail more broadly.”

“We have already established our Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Advisory Board, which is our platform for change, bringing together a coalition of influential retail leaders to champion this agenda.”

Sheffield will take over as chairman from Rowan Hodge, CEO of Andersens Flooring, who is stepping down after four years as ARA chairman, although he will continue as a board member.

“About 34% of positions on the ASX 200 Board of Directors are held by women, and while there is still a long way to go to ensure equal representation in this regard, the ARA aims to show example,” said Zahra, ambassador of the 30% Club. Australia, said.

“The new ARA Council represents retailers of all shapes and sizes with extensive networks across the country.”

“These roles reflect the commitment of the individuals and retail organizations behind them to contributing to the community, with Council members serving on a voluntary basis. We are grateful for their expertise and support in driving an ambitious vision for our sector. Congratulations again on the new appointments.

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