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, attended Retail, Supply Chain & Strategy programs at Harvard Business School, and Digital Transformation & Innovative Program at INSEAD.

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 Executive - Commercial and Express

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 nine years.

As Chief Executive - Commercial and Express, Greg leads Coles Supermarket’s Business Units and Own Brand teams as well as the Coles Express business. Within this role, Greg holds key accountabilities including delivering the customer offer, supplier relationship management and delivering the Coles Own Brand strategy.

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.

Matthew Swindells

Matthew Swindells

Chief Operations Officer

With more than 25 years’ experience, Matthew has an extensive knowledge of the retail sector.

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

Matthew then served as the CEO of Tasman Meats, a large format private equity owned meat retailer, before returning to Coles in July 2017. Matthew’s accountabilities encompass the end-to-end management of Store Operations, Supply Chain and Procurement as well as leading the business on the automation strategy with Witron and Ocado.

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Thinus Keeve

Chief Property & Export 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.

In his role, Thinus is accountable for the international development of the Coles Export business as well as delivering innovation and transformation of the domestic store network. Thinus is a member of the Capital Approvals and Cost Leadership committees and he 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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Lisa Ronson

Chief Marketing Officer

Lisa is an award-winning marketing executive with over 20 years of experience across multiple Australian and international brands. She has a track record of building strong consumer brands, leading high-performing teams and growing retail sales and market share.

As Chief Marketing Officer, Lisa is responsible for managing Coles’ marketing, brand and media strategies, as well as customer insights and analytics.

Lisa was recently recognised as the number one Chief Marketing Officer in Australia, winning both the 2018 AMI Special Award from the Australian Marketing Institute and also being named as the No. 1 CMO in the 2018 CMO50 Awards from CMO Magazine Australia.

Prior to joining Coles, Lisa worked across a number of brands and sectors, businesses and geographies, including at Visa, Telstra, David Jones, Carlton & United Breweries, Westpac and Tourism Australia.

Lisa holds a Graduate Diploma in Management with Honors in Marketing from the Macquarie School of Management (MGSM) and bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Western Sydney. Lisa is also studying an MBA at MGSM.

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.

Roger Sniezek

Roger Sniezek

Chief Information & Digital Officer

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.

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

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.

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.

Cathi Scarce

Cathi Scarce

Acting Chief Executive Liquor

Cathi is a retail management professional with a 31-year track record of achievements in the retail sector.

Cathi celebrated 25 years’ service with Coles in 2018, having worked within many Supermarkets and Liquor roles. Commencing as a Supermarket Department Manager, Cathi progressed through the ranks of Store Manager, Regional Manager, State General Manager; Northern NSW and WA and last held the role of General Manager, National Operations, Coles Liquor.

In March 2018, Cathi was appointed Acting Chief Executive, Liquor and is responsible for Sales, Profit, Merchandise, Operations, Safety and Team for Liquor stores nationally. Cathi manages a national team of 5,600 team members in 900 stores. Coles Liquor stores; First Choice Liquor Market, Vintage Cellars and Liquorland collectively serve more than 2million customers each week.

Cathi is currently a member of the Coles Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee, Chair of the Coles Gender Balance Steer Co, Board member, Retail Drinks Association, Council Member Australian Beverage Association, and member of The Diversity and Inclusion Council for the Australian Drinks Association.

Alister Jordan

Alister Jordan

Chief Executive Online & Corporate Affairs

With considerable experience leading large teams in corporate and public office organisations, Alister has accountability for the fastest growing area of Coles Group's portfolio, Coles Online, as well as the Group’s Corporate Affairs team.

During his tenure at Coles, Alister was for two and a half years the Chief Executive of Coles Express, a national fuel and convenience retailer with 5,500 team members and 712 sites nationwide. 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.

In 2010, Alister joined the previous owner of Coles, Wesfarmers, 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. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the INSEAD Finance for Executives program.

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Ian Bowring

Group Executive, Transformation

Ian joined Coles in July 2019 in the newly created role of Group Executive, Transformation responsible for running our Smarter Selling program. 

Ian has a strong track record of collaboratively delivering major group-wide transformation programs – most notably with Qantas and Metcash. 

Initially training as a Chartered Accountant​ with PwC in London, Ian began building his broad portfolio of experience with a period in investment banking followed by operational leadership roles in aviation and consumer goods.

Ian is a keen traveller and a self-confessed 'foodie'. Originally from the UK, Ian and his partner emigrated to Australia in 2000 and live in Sydney.

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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.