Retail appointments

Managing director Nati Harpaz exits Catch

Nati Harpaz (pictured) is stepping down as managing director of Catch.com.au to start a family investment vehicle and startup incubator called Harpaz Group.

The move, announced in a LinkedIn post, comes almost four years after Harpaz joined Catch of the Day, a popular daily deals site turning over around $250 million a year from the sale of end-of-line brand-name goods.

As CEO of Catch Group, he oversaw the rebrand to Catch and launch of an online marketplace, which saw the company roughly double annual revenue by the time Wesfarmers acquired it for $230 million in June 2019.

“What we have done in the last four years is nothing short of amazing and it is all thanks to the great team that works at Catch,” Harpaz wrote in a farewell message on LinkedIn.

 Over the last six months, Catch has become more closely integrated into Wesfarmers’ department store business.

 A new Catch MD is expected to be announced shortly.

 Nati Harpaz is an owner of Octomedia, publisher of Inside Retail Weekly.

Former Caltex executive to run Oporto

Former Caltex executive Helen Moore has been appointed CEO of Craveable Brands’ Oporto operations, effective May 4, as acting CEO Adrian Pinazza steps down from the role.

Karen Bozic, also formerly of Caltex, was appointed Craveable Brands CEO last December.

“I am excited to have someone of Helen’s calibre join our team,” Bozic said, adding that Moore’s experience would be vital in leading Oporto in the next phase of its growth.

Moore has previous experience with upmarket bakery Sonoma and supermarket chain Woolworths. Most recently she was general manager of convenience development at Caltex.

In this role she planned, developed and launched The Foodary, a retail format with a focus on barista coffee, fresh foods and QSR partnerships such as franchise chains Guzman Y Gomez, Boost Juice, Wok in a Box and Sumo Salad.

Moore also developed delivery partnerships with Uber Eats and Deliveroo. She introduced digital experiences such as Fuel Pay, number plate recognition and The Foodary pre-order app.

Pinazza, a 12-year veteran with the company, including five years at head office, will now return to running his two franchise outlets.

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