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Woolworths Ltd.

Woolworths Ltd.

Sector: Grocery Stores Region: Australia


: | ASX: WOW | OTC Markets: WOLWF | OTC Markets: WOLZY


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Woolworths Ltd. operates general merchandise consumer stores and supermarkets in Australia, New Zealand and India. The company operates supermarkets under the brand names, Woolworths and Safeway in Australia and under the brand name Countdown in New Zealand. It operates through five segments: Australian Food & Liquor, New Zealand Supermarkets, Petrol, BIG W and Hotels. The Australian Food & Liquor segment engages in the procurement of food and liquor and products for resale to customers in Australia. The New Zealand Supermarkets segment engages in the procurement of food and liquor and products for resale to customers in New Zealand. The petrol segment engages in the procurement of petroleum products for resale to customers in Australia. The BIG W segment engages in the procurement of discount general merchandise products for resale to customers in Australia. The Hotels segment engages in the provision of leisure and hospitality services including food and alcohol, accommodation, entertainment and gaming. The company was founded on December 5, 1924 and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

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Executives

Ralph Graham Waters, Chairman
Ralph Waters is a member of the People Policy Committee (Chairman December 2011 to November 2012), Member of the Audit, Risk Management & Compliance Committee and Member of the Nomination Committee. Mr Waters has a Master of Business from Curtin University of Technology, is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia. He has had extensive experience in the Australasian building products industry, including as Managing Director of Email Limited and as Chief Executive of Fletcher Building Limited, as well as engineering and management experience in London and the Middle East. Mr Waters is Chairman of Fletcher Building Limited (Director since 2001) and Chairman of Cricket World Cup 2015 Ltd. He is also a Director of Asciano Limited (since August 2012). In the past, Mr Waters was Chairman and Director of Fisher and Paykel Appliances Holdings Limited (Director 2001 to 2011), Director of Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited (2006 to April 2013) and Westpac New Zealand Limited (2006 to Sept 2012). Mr Waters was appointed a Director of Woolworths Limited in January 2011 and Chairman at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting in November 2012.
Grant O'Brien, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Grant O’Brien’s career extends more than 25 years with Woolworths, starting as an accountant in Purity Supermarkets in Tasmania, a division of Woolworths Limited. He was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 1 October 2011. He has held positions as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and CEO Designate, Chief Operating Officer Australian Food and Petrol, Director New Business Development, General Manager Woolworths Liquor, Senior Business Manager Marketing Supermarkets, and Marketing and Merchandise Manager for Purity. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard in 2010. Mr O’Brien is a Director of The Consumer Goods Forum, the peak global body for food and grocery retailers and manufacturers. Mr O’Brien is a member of the Business Council of Australia. He is also a Director of the Avner Nahmani Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. Mr O’Brien was appointed a Director of Woolworths Limited in April 2011.
Thomas (Tom) William Pockett, Finance Director
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