Board of Directors
The Board is highly experienced and its members bring a range of complementary skills. The Board members collectively have extensive experience in retail, marketing, financial management.
Solomon Lew - Chairman, Non-Executive Director
Solomon Lew became a non-executive director and Chairman of The Just Group on 22 September 2008. Mr Lew is also a non-executive director and Chairman of Premier Investments Limited.
For many years, Mr Lew has been a director of Century Plaza Investments, the largest shareholder in Premier. Mr Lew has over 40 years experience in the manufacture, importation, wholesaling and retailing of textiles, apparel and general merchandise. Mr Lew's success in the clothing industry has been largely due to his ability to read fashion trends and interpret them for the Australian market and to efficiently and cost-effectively produce quality garments.
He is the Chairman on the Mount Scopus College Foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sport and Tourism Youth Foundation, a life member of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award World Fellowship, A Patron of Opera Australia and a Chairman or director of several philanthropic organisations.
Mr Lew was a director of Coles Myer Limited from 1985 to 2002, serving as Vice Chairman from 1989, Chairman from 1991 to 1995, Executive Chairman in 1995 and Vice Chairman in 1995 and 1996. He was also a director of the Reserve Bank of Australia from 1992 to 1997.
Mark McInnes - Chief Executive Officer
Mark McInnes was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Premier Investments Ltd. and Chief Executive Officer of Just Group, on April 4, 2011.
Mark is an experienced retailer with over 25 years of success in retail, including his most recent position as Chief Executive Officer of David Jones Ltd. In his time as CEO of David Jones, Mark turned the company into a fashion and financial success and generated in excess of $2 billion dollars of Shareholder value. When he became CEO of David Jones, the share price was $1.03 and when he left it was $4.44. In addition, the dividend per share had grown from 6c a share to 28c a share. Mark holds a Master of Business Administration from Melbourne University.
Henry Lanzer - Non-Executive Director
Henry Lanzer became a non-executive director of The Just Group on 22 September 2008.
Mr Lanzer is a Managing Partner of Arnold Bloch Leibler, a leading Australian commercial law firm. He has over 25 years experience in providing legal and strategic advice to some of Australia's leading companies. Mr Lanzer is Life Governor of the Mount Scopus College Council, President of the Mount Scopus College Foundation and a director of the TarraWarra Museum of Art and a member of the Development Committee of The Burnet Institute.
Mark Middeldorf - Non-Executive Director
Mark Middeldorf became a non-executive of The Just Group on 22 September 2008
Mark is an executive of Century Plaza Group of Companies. He has been associated with Century Plaza since 2001 with roles in relation to business analysis and investment. Prior to joining Century Plaza Mark held management positions at KPMG in London, at Grant Thornton in Johannesburg and at the ANZ Bank. Mark is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accounts in Australia and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Terry McCartney - Non-Executive Director
Terry McCartney became a Non-Executive Director of The Just Group on 4 March 2008.
Terry has had a comprehensive career in retailing spanning more than 25 years especially with the Coles Myer group culminating in his roles as Managing Director of Kmart Australia and New Zealand and Myer Grace Bros. Subsequently Terry has been involved in consultancy assignments here in Australia and overseas, for corporations including BHP Billiton and Sual Holdings, a global aluminium producer, private equity investors and expert witness submissions.
Colette Garnsey - Executive Director
Ms Garnsey was recently appointed Core Brands Director at Premier Investments, previously Group General Manager at Pacific Brands.
She has had over 30 years' experience in retail and was formerly in senior management at David Jones Limited for over 20 years, most recently holding the position of Group General Manager. She is a board member of Australian Wool Innovation Limited (since 2011), the L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival (since 2006), a Committee member of the TCF Innovation Council (since 2010) and a judge of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year.
Ms Garnsey has also had five years manufacturing, wholesale and distribution experience and spent three years in consultancy across design, retail and manufacturing for various companies within the textile, clothing and retail industries in addition to spending three years as an Advisory Board member of the CSIRO TCF&L Sector Advisory Committee.