SYDNEY — Australian department store chain David Jones unveiled a management shake-up late Tuesday that resulted in two of its most senior executives leaving the company.
Donna Player, David Jones group executive, merchandise, is to be succeeded, with immediate effect, by David Collins, who joins the company from David Jones’ parent Woolworths South Africa, where he worked across women’s wear, men’s wear, children’s wear, home and accessories roles.
David Robinson, group executive overseeing marketing, financial services and customer insights, is also leaving with immediate effect. David Thomas, chief operating officer of David Jones, will oversee the marketing function until a successor is named.
Two new executive roles have also been created.
The company said it is currently searching for a group executive to lead the expansion of the company’s digital strategy.
Pieter de Wet, currently general manager of food, has been appointed to the new role of group executive for food, a position the company reports has been created to reflect the expansion of the David Jones food business.
“Our business is undergoing a significant transformation and the changes announced today will deliver a world-class leadership team,” said David Jones’ chief executive officer John Dixon, who took over the helm of the company in January following the abrupt departure of Ian Nairn last October. Nairn abruptly left after less than 14 months on the job and in spite of a 28.8 percent lift in operating profit in the 11 months to June 30, 2015.
“The creation of two new executive roles, combined with the introduction of new skills and experience, reflects key areas of strategic focus and will extend our capabilities during this exciting phase of the business’ development,” said Dixon.