Board of

Board of Directors

The Coles Group Board provides leadership and approves and monitors the strategic direction, risk management systems, values, business plans and policies of the Coles Group to uphold corporate reputation and maximise value to shareholders.

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James Graham AM

Chairman and Non-executive Director

James Graham has extensive investment, corporate and governance experience, including as a Non-Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited for 20 years, prior to his retirement in July 2018.

James is Chairman of Gresham Partners Limited, having founded the Gresham Partners Group in 1985. From 2001 to 2009, he was a Director of Rabobank Australia Limited, initially as Deputy Chairman and then Chairman, responsible for the Bank's operations in Australia and New Zealand. He was also Chairman of the Darling Harbour Authority between 1989 and 1995. James holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Senior Fellow of FINSIA, a Fellow (EngExec) of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors. James was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2008.

James Graham is Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the People and Culture Committee.

Steven Cain

Steven Cain

Managing Director and Chief Executive Office

Steven has over 20 years of experience in Australian and international retail.

Steven was previously Chief Executive Officer of supermarkets and convenience at Metcash Limited. He was also Chief Executive of Carlton Communications plc, an FTSE 100 media group company, and Operating Director and portfolio company chairman at Pacific Equity Partners, a private equity firm. He was also Group Marketing Director, Store Development Director and Grocery Trading Director of Asda Stores Ltd (UK) during its turnaround and has held roles at Kingfisher plc, a UK retail group, and Bain & Company.

Steven was previously the Managing Director of food, liquor and fuel at Coles Myer and was an advisor to Wesfarmers Limited on its takeover of the Coles Group in 2007.

Steven holds a Master of Engineering (First Class) from the Imperial College London, attended Retail, Supply Chain & Strategy programs at Harvard Business School, and Digital Transformation & Innovative Program at INSEAD.

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David Cheesewright

Non-Executive Director

David Cheesewright retired in early 2018 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart International, which comprises Walmart's operations outside the United States including more than 6,200 stores and more than 796,000 employees in 27 countries. David was also responsible for Walmart's global sourcing operations and offices around the world. He was previously President and CEO of Walmart EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Canada region, overseeing the integration of the Massmart acquisition, as well as growth in the UK and Canada. David's other prior roles include Chief Operating Officer of Asda in the UK and a range of key positions with Mars Confectionary in the UK. David is also a previous board member of Chinese online grocery business Yihaodian, South African retailer and distributor Massmart, Queens Business School and The Retail Council of Canada and ECR Europe and is a prior Chair of Walmart Canada Bank. David currently sits on the Dean's Advisory Board at the Queen's University School of Business. He holds a first-class Honours degree in Sports Science and Mathematics from Loughborough University, UK.

David Cheesewright is a member of the Nomination Committee and the People and Culture Committee.

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Jacqueline Chow

Non-Executive Director

Jacqueline Chow is a Director of nib Holdings Limited (appointed 2018), and a Senior Advisor at McKinsey Consulting RTS, advising clients across industrial, retail, telecommunications, financial services and consumer sectors on performance transformation projects. She is also a Director of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce of New South Wales (appointed February 2020). From 2016 to June 2019 Jacqueline was a Director of Fisher & Paykel Appliances. Jacqueline previously held senior management positions with Fonterra Co-operative Group, one of the world's largest dairy product producers and exporters, including most recently as Chief Operating Officer, Global Consumer and Food Service. Prior to that, she was in senior management with Campbell Arnott's and Kellogg Company. She was also Programme Steering Group Director, Ministry for Primary Industries, NZ (2013 to 2016) and Deputy Chair, Global Dairy Platform Inc (2014 to 2018). Jacqueline holds an MBA from Northwestern University Chicago and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of New South Wales. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jacqueline Chow is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Nomination Committee.

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Abi Cleland

Non-Executive Director

Abi Cleland is a Director of Computershare Limited (appointed 2018), Sydney Airport Corporation Limited (appointed 2018) and Orora Limited (appointed 2014). Abi is also a Director of Swimming Australia. Abi's previous board appointments include Australian Independent Business Media, Chairman of Planwise Australia and membership of the advisory committee of Lazard PE Fund 2. From 2012 to 2017, Abi established and ran an advisory and management business, Absolute Partners, focussing on strategy, mergers and acquisitions and disruption. Before that, she held senior management roles at KordaMentha's 333, where she was Managing Director, and at ANZ, Incitec Pivot Limited and Amcor Limited. She holds an MBA from the University of Melbourne's Melbourne Business School and has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University.

Abi Cleland is a member of the People and Culture Committee and the Nomination Committee.

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Richard Freudenstein

Non-Executive Director

Richard Freudenstein has been a Director of REA Group Limited since 2006, including as Chairman from 2007 to 2012. He is also currently a board member of Cricket Australia, Deputy Chancellor of the University of Sydney and a member of the Advisory Committee of start-up artificial intelligence software company Afiniti Ltd. Richard was previously Chief Executive Officer of Foxtel (2011 to 2016), Chief Executive Officer of The Australian and News Digital Media at News Ltd (2006 to 2010), and Chief Operating Officer at British Sky Broadcasting plc (2000 to 2006). His previous board positions include Ten Network Holdings (2015 to 2016), Foxtel (2009 to 2011), ESPN STAR Sports ESS (2009 to 2012), Nickelodeon UK (2003 to 2006, Chairman), Bell Shakespeare Company (2007 to 2013), English National Ballet (2003 to 2006) and Royal Television Society UK (2005 to 2006, Chairman). Richard has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

Richard Freudenstein is Chair of the People and Culture Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.

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Wendy Stops

Non-Executive Director

Wendy Stops is a Director of Commonwealth Bank of Australia Limited (appointed 2015). She is also a Director of Fitted for Work, a Council member at the University of Melbourne, a member of the Advisory Committee to the Digital Technology Taskforce of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Chair of the Advisory Board for the Melbourne Business School’s Centre for Business Analytics. Wendy was previously a senior management executive in the information technology and consulting sectors, including 16 years with Accenture in various senior management positions in Australia, Asia Pacific and globally. Her previous board experience includes Altium Limited, Accenture Software Solutions Australia and Diversiti. She is currently a member of Chief Executive Women

Wendy Stops is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Nomination Committee.

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Zlatko Todorcevski

Non-Executive Director

Zlatko Todorcevski is Deputy Chair and Lead Independent Director or Adelaide Brighton Ltd, having served as Chairman from May 2018 to May 2019. He is also a Director of The Star Entertainment Group Ltd. Zlatko's previous appointments include Council member of the University of Wollongong, President of the Group of 100 and Chairman of the ASIC Accounting and Audit Standing Committee. Zlatko's executive career included four years as Chief Financial Officer of Brambles Ltd and from 2009 to 2012 as Chief Financial Officer of Oil Search Ltd. From 1986 to 2009, he held various senior roles at BHP, including as Chief Financial Officer of Energy based in London and Houston. Zlatko has an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Wollongong.

Zlatko Todorcevski is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.