2019: Sarah Hunter took over as Managing Director of Australian office supplies retailer Officeworks on 1 January 2019. She joined from parent company Wesfarmers’ subsidiary Coles, where she had worked since 2010.
During her time at Coles, Hunter held several positions, including General Manager of Workplace Strategy and General Manager of Finance for Coles Express. Prior to this, she worked in the UK in a number of senior commercial positions in banking and airports.
An experienced retailer and business professional, at Officeworks she oversees almost 170 retail stores nationally and over 7,000 employees. H1 sales for the company until the end of December 2018 were A$1.1 billion (US$780 million), a year-on-year growth of 8.2%.
Under Hunter’s watch, Officeworks has recently acquired technology services firm Geeks2U which she said is part of the company’s strategy to expand its offer to better meet customers’ needs and complement its existing products.
In addition, the company is set to open what it says will be the largest office products store in the world in Mentone, Victoria. The 6,500 sq m premises will be four times the size of Officeworks’ average store.
Look out for our Big Interview with Hunter in a forthcoming issue of OPI.