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Super Retail board changes

Dr-Sally-Pitkin-Super-Retail-GroupSuper Retail Group non-executive director, Dr Sally Pitkin, will replace Robert Wright as chairman at the company’s AGM in October.

Dr Pitkin joined the Super Retail board in July 2010 and has served as the chair of its human resources and remuneration committee since its formation in May 2011.

She is a lawyer and former partner of Clayton Utz, with 20 years’ of experience as a non-executive director in the listed, private and non-profit sectors; also currently a director of ASX listed companies Star Entertainment Group Limited, Link Administration Holdings Limited, and IPH Limited.

“Sally brings to the role a great depth of understanding of the company and I am certain that Sally shall provide outstanding leadership as the company continues to respond to the dynamic retail environment and to drive sustainable value for shareholders,” said Wright.

Wright has been chairman of Super Retail, since October 2009 and a director since May 2004. Prior to its listing on the ASX in July 2004, Wright served as chairman of its audit and risk committee between 2004 and 2009.

Super Retail said Wright chaired the company through a period of significant growth and transformation, during which the retail operator expanded its portfolio of Australasian retail brands, including the acquisition of the Rebel Sport and Amart All Sports businesses.

The company’s market cap increased from $530 million to around $1.45 billion today.

With Wright to step down in October, Super Retail has also announced the appointment of Howard Mowlem as a non-executive director of the company effective from today.

Mowlem has a background in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting, treasury, tax, investor relations, audit and governance, with over 20 years in executive roles in the retail industry. He served as chief financial officer of major pan-Asian retail company, Dairy Farm International Holdings Limited, a member of the Jardine Matheson Group, which operates a wide-ranging portfolio of retail brands and business across the region.

Prior to this role, Mowlem held various senior financial positions with the Coles Myer Group and is currently appointed to the board of Billabong International and is chair of its audit and risk committee.

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