Retailers pay tribute to industry leader Bernie Brookes

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) Executive Director Russell Zimmerman paid tribute to outgoing Myer CEO Bernie Brookes following the announcement of his retirement today.

“I have had the privilege of working alongside Bernie and Myer throughout my time leading the retail industry’s peak body. Bernie has always been a strong team player in the retail industry and has dedicated much of his time to benefit the retail sector within his role,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Bernie is an outstanding individual at both a professional and personal level and I thank him for his commitments.

The ARA also congratulated incoming Myer CEO Richard Umbers who has had a long relationship with the ARA dealing with key industry issues.

“Richard Umbers has already been an outstanding leader within the retail sector and I look forward to working closely with him and Myer to deliver the exciting opportunities our sector can bring,” Mr Zimmerman said.



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