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Patrick Noone, Managing Director, Costco, 17 August 2015

SME BOARDROOM

Patrick Noone, Managing Director, Costco addressed a private boardroom event where guests engaged Patrick in an interactive discussion on “Creating export business by creating great Australian items”.

In 2009 the first Costco Warehouse opened in Australia, heralding a new retail membership model that offered a unique consumer choice. Wide selections of name brand merchandise across a range of specialty departments, at competitive prices. As Costco expands in Australia it is developing and selling Australian made food products that are finding export opportunities in Costco Warehouses in Asia and North America. This is a compelling business evolution .

Patrick started his retail career with Woolworths Supermarkets in 1978 in Melbourne as a Trainee Manager, progressing through several stores and management positions.

Patrick helped launch the Membership Warehouse concept in Canada in 1991, working with the Price Club Group in Vancouver.  After the merger with Costco in 1993, Patrick went on to manage several Costco Warehouses in the Vancouver market, eventually being promoted to Regional Operations Manager in 2003, and Vice President in Western Canada in 2005.

In 2006, Patrick was relocated to Australia as Country Manager for Costco Australia. Costco now boasts seven warehouses across four states and the ACT, and is a powerful story of retail disruption.

 

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