leadership team

Coles Group has a highly experienced leadership team with broad global experience across the retail sector.

Executive leadership team

Steven Cain

Steven Cain

Chief Executive Officer

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 (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 on its takeover of the Coles Group in 2007.

Steven holds a Master of Engineering (First Class) from the Imperial College London.

Leah Weckert

Leah Weckert

Chief Financial Officer

Leah has more than 16 years of finance, commercial and strategy experience, including a number of senior roles across Coles in merchandise, operations, human resources and strategy.

Leah was appointed Chief Financial Officer in March 2018 and is responsible for finance, strategy, business development and investor relations. Her previous roles at Coles include Director Strategy, Chief People Officer, State General Manager Victoria and General Manager Merchandise, Strategy and Innovation.

Prior to joining Coles, Leah was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company, advising large private and public sector clients. She previously led global strategy and M&A projects at Fosters in her role in Strategy and Business Development.

Leah's qualifications include a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and a Bachelor of Science from Adelaide University.

Greg Davis

Greg Davis

Chief Operating Officer

With more than 25 years of management experience in the retail industry, Greg is an experienced retailer who has held a number of leadership roles across Coles for the past eight years.

As Chief Operating Officer, Greg leads Coles' Merchandise, Marketing, Coles Brand, Customer Insights and Store Development teams.

Greg previously led the successful transformation of Coles Liquor, including the retail and hotels businesses comprising over 980 sites and 10,000 team members nationally. Prior to running Coles Liquor, Greg was responsible for driving significant transformation and improvement across all of Coles' fresh areas including the produce, bakery, meat, deli and dairy categories.

Greg started his retail career on the shop floor, and his experience also includes 10 years at Aldi, where he was Group Buying Director.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle.

Paul Bradshaw

Paul Bradshaw

Chief Store Operations Officer

Paul was appointed to run Store Operations in March 2017 and is responsible for operations across the entire Coles supermarkets network.

Paul joined Coles eight years ago as General Manager of Renewal, before moving into Store Development as General Manager for Planning, Design, Standards & Engineering. In 2012, he accepted the role of Group General Manager for Store Development before returning to an Operations role in 2015 as State General Manager, Queensland. Paul is known for his passion for putting Coles’ teams first and supporting them to deliver the best experience for our customers.

Paul has extensive knowledge and experience across the UK retail industry, spending his entire career within retail.

David Brewster

David Brewster

Chief Legal Officer

David's extensive legal career includes a long-standing role as partner at Allens Linklaters, where he gained extensive knowledge across competition and regulatory law with a focus on merger clearances, regulatory investigations and major litigation. During this time, David worked closely with the Coles team in relation to regulatory inquiries into supplier negotiations and Own Brand products.

David joined Coles in early 2016 and leads the legal, risk, regulatory compliance, employee relations and safety teams. He helped establish and is a member of the Coles Risk, Audit and Compliance Management Committee, as well as an executive member of the Coles Better Together diversity committee responsible for LGBTI matters.

David's qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1) from the Australian National University and a Master of Laws from Queensland University of Technology.

Alister Jordan

Alister Jordan

Chief Executive Coles Express, Online & Corporate Affairs

With considerable experience leading large teams in corporate and public office organisations, Alister has accountability for Coles Group's national petrol and convenience business, Coles Express, along with additional responsibility for Coles Online and Corporate Affairs. He has been with Coles since 2014, is a member of Coles' Capital Approvals and Cost Leadership committees and chairs the Group's business continuity program.

Alister joined Wesfarmers in 2010, where he worked in senior executive roles in both Wesfarmers Insurance and Target Australia.

Between 2008 and 2010, Alister was Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, following six years working in the Federal Parliament.

Alister holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Queensland and a Master of Arts from Deakin University.

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Thinus Keeve

Chief Property & Store Commercial Officer

Thinus has considerable commercial experience in the retail, strategy and liquor sectors, and since joining Coles in 2010, has held various senior leadership roles across the business. Most recently, Thinus was the State General Manager NSW, before becoming responsible for Store Commercial Operations in March 2017, with property added to his portfolio in July 2018.

In his role, Thinus is accountable for delivering simpler and more efficient ways of working for stores, driving support teams to align and connect with stores, as well as the continued transformation of the store network. Thinus leads the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander plan for Coles.

Thinus previously worked for SAB Miller in South Africa in various leadership roles, from business analysis and market integration to operations and supply chain.

Thinus' qualifications include a Master of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Stellenbosch and a Master of Science (International Management and Finance) from HEC, University of Lausanne.

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Daniella Pereira

Company Secretary

Daniella has an extensive career in legal, governance and company secretariat, including a 14-year career with ASX-listed industrial chemicals company, Incitec Pivot. This included five years as Company Secretary and, prior to that, as General Manager of Corporate Governance and Compliance. Daniella began her career as a lawyer with Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson) advising on major corporate transactions.

As Company Secretary, Daniella is responsible for setting the program and agenda for the Coles Group Board and committees, including the Coles Annual General Meeting, overseeing Coles' communications with shareholders and ensuring that Coles operates in accordance with the Corporations Act and the ASX Listing Rules.

Daniella holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts from Murdoch University.

Cathi Scarce

Cathi Scarce

Acting Chief Executive Liquor & Hotels

Cathi is a retail management professional with a 30-year track record of achievements in the industry.

In 2018, Cathi celebrated 25 years with Coles, during which time she has steadily progressed through the business, from Department Manager to national operations roles in both Supermarkets and Liquor.

Currently the Acting Chief Executive Liquor & Hotels, Cathi manages a team of around 6,200 team members across approximately 900 stores, Australia-wide. Cathi leads all Coles Liquor Brands: First Choice, Vintage Cellars, Liquorland and First Choice Liquor Market which serve more than two million customers each week.

Cathi is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee and Chair of the Gender Balance Working Group.

Roger Sniezek

Roger Sniezek

Chief Information & Digital Officer

Roger has extensive experience with international loyalty programs, including the launch of the UK’s largest loyalty program, as well as holding senior information technology roles.

Roger leads Coles’ information technology, flybuys, data and Coles Financial Services teams. He has also helped Coles take a significant step forward in personalised customer communications and the use of data to make better business decisions.

Since joining Coles in 2011, Roger has held the roles of Digital Director and General Manager, Loyalty, CRM and flybuys, including leading the relaunch of flybuys and its continued development.

Roger holds a Master of Arts in Mathematics from Christ’s College, University of Cambridge.

Matthew Swindells

Matthew Swindells

Chief Supply Chain Officer

With over 14 years’ experience in the retail industry, Matthew has an extensive knowledge of the sector.

Matthew was appointed to run supply chain in July 2017 and is responsible for building the most efficient supply chain to deliver first-class products to customers. Matthew’s accountabilities encompass the end-to-end management of sourcing, procurement and logistics to transport products to stores.

Since first commencing his career with Coles in 2004, Matthew has held various senior management positions across supply chain and merchandise, including General Manager Supply Chain and General Manager Meat, Deli and Seafood.

Matthew also served as the CEO of Tasman Meats, a large format private equity owned meat retailer.

Kris Webb

Kris Webb

Chief People Officer

Kris Webb has over 30 years of international experience across the full suite of human resources functions. She has led significant P&C teams with remits across Australia and globally, including working in Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Japan and Asia, in a range of industries.

Prior to joining Coles, Kris spent 11 years with GlaxoSmithKline in Australia, Singapore and the UK, most recently as Senior Vice President HR, with responsibilities across the global pharmaceuticals business.

Kris was previously National Human Resources Director for the Australian law firm Clayton Utz, HR Director – Asia Pacific for PriceWaterhouseCoopers Financial Advisory Services and earlier in her career, spent 10 years with BP Australia in a range of business roles.

Kris holds a Bachelor of Business from RMIT.