This past fall, Australia trade publication, Inside Retail Magazine, published its list of the most powerful retailers and coming out on top was Grant O’Brien of Woolworths.
“This year Woolworths’ Grant O’Brein comes in at number one. O’Brien succeeded Michael Luscombe as MD and CEO of Woolworths in October 2011 after previous roles as COO Australian food and petrol, director new business development, GM Woolworths liquor, and senior business manager marketing supermarkets.
“His career at Woolworths was nurtured by Michael Kent at Purity Supermarkets in Tasmania, and he was brought to the mainland in a marketing role by another retail executive, the highly regarded Bernie Brookes, CEO of Myer.”
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