Episode 2: Sarah Hunter

Rolling with disruption

“If I look back in 5 years’ time, and together as an industry we haven’t embraced the opportunity to really make a difference in sustainability, training and skills development, diversity and women in the workforce… I’ll be disappointed because I feel we have such a privileged position representing so many people across Australia.”  

In this episode of Retail Therapy, we speak with Sarah Hunter, the Managing Director of Officeworks – the go-to retailer for so many of us when it comes to office supplies, tech equipment and for families when it’s time for back to school. 

Prior to taking on the lead role at Officeworks in 2019, Sarah was Demerger Program Director at Coles, overseeing the successful implementation of the demerger of the business from Wesfarmers in 2018. Sarah joined Coles in 2010, and held various senior positions, including General Manager Workplace Strategy; State General Manager Victoria; Financial Controller and General Manager of Finance for Coles Express, Coles Liquor and Coles Supermarket Operations. Before joining Coles, Sarah worked in the United Kingdom for more than 10 years, holding a number of senior commercial positions in banking and airports, including Strategy and Finance Director at Gatwick Airport from 2006 to 2010.  

In this episode, Paul and Sarah discuss: 

  • Growing through COVID-19 and ongoing lockdowns

  • Putting customers at the heart of decision making

  • The future of flexible working

  • The day in a life of a Managing Director

  • Embracing the opportunity of diversity and inclusion

  • Officeworks’s sustainability journey in the circular economy

  • Women in retail and the importance of participation

  • The importance of belonging, rather than inclusion

Season 1: Trailer

Welcome to Retail Therapy – a podcast proudly brought to you by American Express. Each episode we’ll be chatting to a leader in Australia’s retail industry, including the CEOs of some of Australia’s biggest retailers. We’ll be finding out what makes them tick… What defines their leadership style… And how they got to the top of their game.

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Episode 1: Nicole Sheffield

What do canoes, boxes of wine and air-fryers all have in common? They are just some of the items Australia Post delivered, or sold, to Australians during lockdown. This first episode of Retail Therapy features a fantastic conversation with Nicole Sheffield, Executive General Manager, Community and Consumer at Australia Post.

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Episode 3: Anthony Heraghty

In this episode of Retail Therapy, Paul Zahra speaks with Anthony Heraghty, Group Managing Director and CEO, Super Retail Group – one of Australasia’s largest retailers, housing iconic brands including BCF Boating Camping Fishing, Macpac, Rebel and Supercheap Auto. 

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