Bernie Brookes, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Myer Group, addressed a private CEO Boardroom Lunch for 24 senior business executives in an interactive discussion on “The changing face of retail at home and abroad”. This lunch was proudly sponsored by Checkpoint Software Technologies and Motorola Solutions.
Retailers around the world are responding creatively to the challenges of the e-commerce era. Bernie Brookes, Myer CEO, talked about how Australia’s biggest department store is responding and where the opportunities lie.
Bernie was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Myer Group on 2 June 2006. Since his appointment, Bernie has been responsible for the turnaround and rebuilding of the Myer business. He has led the development and implementation of the Myer five-point strategic plan, repositioning the business to meet today’s challenges and investing for the future.
Bernie has spent over 36 years working within the retail industry in local and international roles in India and China. Bernie previously held numerous executive roles with Woolworths and was instrumental in Woolworths’ Project refresh, reducing costs by more than $5 billion over five years. He also held a variety of general management positions in three states across buying, IT, marketing and operations. Bernie has held executive roles of industry organisations including the Retail Traders Association in Queensland and Victoria and President of the Queensland Grocery Association. He supports numerous charitable organisations, including The Salvation Army, and is patron of the Myer Stores Community Fund and patron of the Australian Joe Berry Memorial Award.
Bernie was awarded the Sir Charles McGrath award for marketing excellence by the Australian Marketing Institute in 2012, and in 2013 was inducted into the Australian Retailers Association Hall of Fame, was awarded the William Booth Medal by The Salvation Army and the Paul Harris Fellow for Service to the Community for the Rotary Club, Sydney. Bernie is also currently the Australian representative judge of the World Retail Awards.
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