Myer has bolstered to its board with the addition of Jacquie Naylor as a non-executive director, effective May 27, 2019.
“Jacquie Naylor is one of the most respected retailers in Australia, and I am delighted that she is joining the Myer board,” Myer chairman Garry Hounsell said.
“With over thirty years of retail experience, Jacquie brings a wealth of knowledge of both women’s and men’s apparel, homewares and outdoor brands.”
Naylor has also served as a non-executive director for outdoor brand Macpac, Cambridge Clothing Company, and boutique apparel and homeware company Husk. She has also served as an executive director at the Just Jeans Group, where she was responsible for driving merchandise, marketing, and brand strategies for Just Jeans, Jay Jays, Portmans, Jacquie E, and Dotti.
Myer has faced criticism over the collective retail inexperience of its board, which is largely made up of experts from different fields. Naylor will be the exception, and will serve in an advisory role to Myer chief executive John King.
At the department store’s annual general meeting in November, Hounsell noted that the aim of the Myer board was not to have 10 directors with retail experience telling King how to do his job on a day-to-day basis, but rather to bring a breadth of knowledge to the table.
“Jacqui has a record of improving the financial performance of the companies that she has been associated with and driving their strategic direction,” Hounsell said.
“In addition, she brings considerable e-commerce experience from her retail career and as a strategic advisor at Practicology, a digital marketing and e-commerce agency.”
Naylor also brings e-commerce experience, which Myer might lean on as it seeks to modernise and improve its online offering.
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