Steve Donohue, current director of buying and merchandising for Woolworths Supermarkets, has been announced as the new managing director of Endeavour Drinks, effective from April this year.
Steve Donohue will replace current Endeavour Drinks managing director Martin Smith, who will retire at the end of the financial year.
Brands that operate under Endeavour Drinks Group include beverage retail chains Dan Murphy’s, and BWS, as well as Cellarmasters, Langton’s, Pinnacle Drinks and Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group.
“We are pleased to announce Steve as the new managing director of Endeavour Drinks. Steve rejoins our drinks team after spending the last five years rebuilding our buying and merchandising capabilities, first with Countdown in New Zealand and more recently in his role with Woolworths Supermarkets in Australia,” said Brad Banducci, Woolworths Group CEO.“He’s been instrumental in delivering our Woolworths Supermarkets pricing and range strategy as well as transforming our supplier engagement program.”
Prior to joining Woolworths Supermarkets, Donohue held a broad range of roles within the Woolworths Group drinks business, starting as a store manager in Dan Murphy’s when he was just 19 years old and progressing into senior Buying, Merchandising and Marketing roles in Dan Murphy’s, BWS and the broader drinks business.
Smith will remain with Endeavour Drinks until 30th June, working with Steve Donohue as he transitions into his new role.