Retail appointments

Leila Naja Hibri , Australian Fashion Council CEO-elect

Super Retail Group has announced the appointment of Rebecca Farrell as group general counsel and company secretary, effective February 3, 2020.

Farrell will be a member of the executive leadership team, and will lead the company’s legal, company secretarial and compliance functions, including responsibility for sustainability, risk, and health and safety.

Farrell joins Super Retail Group from IAG, where she was acting group general counsel and company secretary. She joined IAG in May 2018.

She has more than 20 years’ experience advising boards and senior management in roles for IAG, Amcor, Westpac, Vanguard Australia  and the Future Fund.

She graduated with a bachelor of laws degree, first class honours, from Monash University in 1994. She also has a BA from Monash in Japanese.

McDonald’s sacks CEO

McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook has been sacked after confirming he had been engaging in a relationship with an employee, contrary to company policy.

McDonald’s bans all romantic relationships between managers and direct and indirect reports.

In an email to staff, Easterbrook – who is divorced – said he agreed that it was “time for him to move on”, given the company’s values.

The British businessman first joined McDonald’s in 1993 as a manager in London, and was appointed CEO in 2015.

Easterbrook’s severance package had not been released at press time.

According to Yahoo Finance, Easterbrook made US$15.9 million ($22.9 million) in 2018 – that’s 2124 times the median employee salary.

Australian Fashion Council appoints CEO

The Australian Fashion Council has appointed Leila Naja Hibri
(pictured) as its CEO-elect. She will succeed the current CEO, David Giles-Kaye, in February 2020.

Naja Hibri, who until recently, was the general manager at Australian fashion accessories label Helen Kaminski and a member of the board of directors of HKJC, a Tokyo-based joint venture company with Yagi Tsusho Ltd, has a background in economics and accounting and over 15 years’ experience in luxury and premium brand management and development across APAC, Europe and North America. 

She has worked with organisations such as Arthur Andersen, The United Nations, Prada and Luxottica and led teams in Sydney, Auckland, London, New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Naja Hibri has been actively involved with the AFC since its inception and has been on its board since 2018.


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