Solomon Lew Chairman and Non-Executive Director
Mr. Lew was appointed as Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Premier on 31 March 2008. For many years, Mr. Lew has been a director of Century Plaza Investments Pty. Ltd., the largest shareholder in Premier and was previously Chairman of Premier from 1987 to 1994.
Mr. Lew has over 40 years’ experience in the manufacture, importation, wholesaling and retailing of textiles, apparel and general merchandise. Mr. Lew’s success in the clothing industry has been largely due to his ability to read fashion trends and interpret them in the Australian market and to efficiently and cost-effectively produce quality garments. Property development and the acquisition and disposal of equity investments have proven to be a profitable and consistent activity for Mr. Lew’s family entities. He has, through those family entities, made a number of investments in publicly listed companies over the years, including investments in Coles Myer Limited, Colorado Group Limited and Country Road Limited to name a few. Where these investments have been sold, it has resulted in substantial profits.
In December 2013 Mr. Lew was appointed to the Australian Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council.
Mr. Lew was the inaugural Chairman of the Mount Scopus College Foundation and served for 26 years (1987 – 2013). He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sport and Tourism Youth Foundation, a life member of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award World Fellowship, a Patron of Opera Australia and a Chairman or director of several philanthropic organisations.
Mr. Lew was a director of Coles Myer Limited from 1985 to 2002, serving as Vice Chairman from 1989, Chairman from 1991 to 1995, Executive Chairman in 1995 and Vice Chairman in 1995 and 1996. He was also a director of the Reserve Bank of Australia from 1992 to 1997.
Mark McInnes Chief Executive Officer
Mr. McInnes is a career retailer with a long track record of success in every role he has occupied. Like many great retailers, Mark started his career from the shop floor as a company cadet for Grace Brothers. Mark has been directly responsible for some of Australia’s greatest retail success stories – including as a co-founder of the Officeworks concept which is today Australia’s largest office supply superstore.
Prior to joining Premier, Mark led David Jones to its most successful time as a public listed company. Mark spent 13 years at David Jones – 6 years as Merchandise & Marketing Director and 7 years as CEO. From 2003 to 2010, Mark as CEO and Executive Director of David Jones turned the company into a fashion and financial powerhouse, creating in excess of $2 billion of shareholder value.
Mark was appointed CEO of Premier Retail in April 2011, and has set about transforming the company to compete in an industry under great structural pressure. Premier Retail today has a clear path and a clear focus.
In December 2012, Mark was appointed as an Executive Director of Premier Investments Limited. Mark holds an MBA from the University of Melbourne.
Dr David MacKenzie Crean Deputy Chairman and Non-Executive Director
Dr Crean has been an Independent non-executive Director of Premier since December 2009, Deputy Chairman since July 2015 and is currently the Chairman of Premier’s Audit and Risk Committee (appointed August 2010).
Dr Crean was Chairman of the Hydro Electric Corporation (Hydro Tasmania) from September 2004 until October 2014 and was also Chairman of the Business Risk Committee at Hydro Tasmania, member of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee.
Dr Crean was State Treasurer from August 1998 to his retirement from the position in February 2004. He was also Minister for Employment from July 2002 to February 2004. He was a Member for Buckingham in the Legislative Council from 1992 to February 1999, and then for Elwick until May 2004. From 1989 – 1992 he was the member for Denison in the House of Assembly. From 1993 – 1998 he held Shadow Portfolios of State Development, Public Sector Management, Finance and Treasury.
Dr Crean is also a Board member of the Linfox Foundation. Dr Crean graduated from Monash University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
Timothy Antonie (appointed 1 December 2009) Non-Executive Director
Mr Antonie was appointed to the Board of Directors on 1 December 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Monash University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse. He has 20 years’ experience in investment banking and formerly held positions of Managing Director from 2004 to 2008 and Senior Advisor in 2009 at UBS Investment Banking, with particular focus on large scale mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings in the Australian retail, consumer, media and entertainment sectors.
Lindsay E. Fox A.C. Non-Executive Director
Mr. Fox has extensive experience in all aspects of the transport, distribution and warehousing industries. He is the founder of the Linfox Group of Companies. Today, the Linfox Group operates one of the largest supply chain service businesses with operations in 10 countries. The Linfox Group employs over 23,000 people, operates 4.8 million square metres of warehouses and a fleet of more than 5,000 vehicles and carries out distribution operations for leading companies across the Asia-Pacific region. The Linfox Group includes operations in the areas of transport and logistics, airports, property development and cash management services.
Mr. Fox has extensive involvement in Australian and international circles and, apart from his business interests, is well recognised and active in sport and charity work.
In 2010, Victoria University admitted Mr. Fox to the degree of Doctor of the University honoris causa for his outstanding achievements in the transport industry, for his contribution to the community through his sustained efforts to reduce unemployment and his campaign against youth suicide.
In January 2008, Mr Fox was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for continued service to the transport and logistics industries, to business through the development and promotion of youth traineeships and to the community through a range of philanthropic endeavours.
He was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1992 for his contribution to the transport industry and the community and he received a Centenary Medal for services to the transport industry in 2001.
From September 1992 to December 1993, Mr. Fox together with Mr. Bill Kelty introduced a national campaign called ‘Work for Australia’. This campaign encouraged companies and local communities to generate jobs for unemployed with the aid of government subsidies and programs. More than 60,000 jobs were pledged through their efforts and Mr. Fox and Mr. Kelty were awarded ‘Victorians of the Year’ by the Sunday Age.
Sally Herman Non-Executive Director
Ms. Sally Herman is an experienced Non-Executive Director in the fields of financial services, retail, manufacturing and property. She had a successful executive career spanning 25 years in financial services in both Australia and the US, transitioning in late 2010 to a full time career as a Non-Executive Director. Prior to that, she spent 16 years with the Westpac Group running major business units in most operating divisions of the Group as well as heading up Corporate Affairs and Sustainability through the merger with St. George and the global financial crisis.
Ms. Herman now is a company director and consultant, and sits on the board of Breville Group Limited, ME Bank Limited and Investec Property Limited. She also Chairs the Board of Urbis Pty Ltd, a leading property advisory firm and is Chair of an independent girls’ school in Sydney.
Ms. Herman holds a BA from the University of NSW and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Henry D. Lanzer A.M. B. COM., LLB (Melb), Non-Executive Director
Mr Lanzer AM is Managing Partner of Arnold Bloch Leibler, a leading Australian commercial law firm. Henry has over 30 years’ experience in providing legal, corporate finance and strategic advice to some of Australia’s leading companies.
Henry is a Director of Just Group Limited, Thorney Opportunities Limited and the TarraWarra Museum of Art and also a Life Governor of the Mount Scopus College Council.
In June 2015, Henry was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia.
Terrence L. McCartney Non-Executive Director (appointed 15 April 2016)
Mr. McCartney has had a long and successful career in retail. Mr. McCartney, started at Boans Department Stores in Perth then moved to Grace Bros in Sydney. After the acquisition of Grace Bros by Myer, he relocated to the merged Department Stores Group in Melbourne within the merchandise & marketing department. His successful career within Coles Myer meant that Terry then moved to the Kmart discount department stores as Head of Merchandise & Marketing and then Managing Director. Following several years as Managing Director of Kmart Australia and New Zealand, Terry became Managing Director of Myer Grace Bros. For 5 years Terry lead year on year growth in profitability of Australia’s largest department store.
Terry’s experience spans the full spectrum of retailing, ranging from luxury goods in department stores to large mass merchandise discount operations. Terry has also been retained by large international accounting and legal firms as an expert witness in relation to Australian retail.
In addition to his extensive list of retail experience, he has also been an advisor to large Australian & International mining companies, prior to joining the Just Group Board in 2008. Terry lends his extensive retail and commercial expertise to the Just Group by serving on a number of committees, including the Property Committee and Internet Steering Committee of the Group, and through various store and site visits, both locally and overseas. He is also actively involved in seasonal and trading performance reviews for the Group.
Terry was appointed as a Director of Premier Investments Limited in April 2016. He is also Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
Michael R.I. McLeod Non-Executive Director
Mr. McLeod is an Executive Director of the Century Plaza Group and has been involved with the Group since 1996 as an advisor in the areas of corporate strategy, investment and public affairs. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Premier Investments Limited since 2002 and was a Non-Executive Director of Just Group Limited from 2007 to 2013. Past experience includes the Australian Board of an international funds manager, chief of staff to a Federal Cabinet Minister and statutory appointments including as a Commission Member of the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours and University Medal) from the University of New South Wales.
Gary H. Weiss LL.M, J.S.D., Non-Executive Director
Dr Weiss holds the degrees of LL.B (Hons) and LL.M (with dist.) from Victoria University of Wellington, as well as a Doctor of Juridicial Science (JSD) from Cornell University, New York. Dr Weiss has extensive international business experience and has been involved in numerous cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
Dr Weiss is Chairman of Clearview Wealth Limited and Ridley Corporation Ltd, Executive Director of Ariadne Australia Ltd, and a director of Premier Investments Limited, Pro-Pac Packaging Limited, Tag Pacific Limited, Thorney Opportunities Limited and The Straits Trading Company Ltd. He was Chairman of Coats Plc from 2003 until April 2012 and executive director of Guinness Peat Group Plc from 1990 to April 2011 and has held directorships of numerous companies, including Westfield Group, Tower Australia Ltd, Australian Wealth Management Limited, Tyndall Australia Ltd (Deputy Chairman), Joe White Maltings Ltd (Chairman), CIC Ltd, Whitlam Turnbull & Co Ltd and Industrial Equity Ltd.
He has authored numerous articles on a variety of legal and commercial topics.