ANRA Appoints Anna McPhee as New CEO

By Campbell Phillips | 26 Sep 2014

The ANRA has selected workplace policy expert, Anna McPhee to be its new CEO.

Chairman of the Australian National Retailers Association, Grant O’Brien has today announced the appointment of Anna McPhee to the role of CEO of the peak retail group.

McPhee arrives with more than 20 years of experience in retail, representative groups and politics, having most recently worked as Chief of Staff to the former Premier of NSW. She has also worked in leading roles within Wesfarmers, was head of Government practice at Korn/Ferry Futurestep and the Enhance Group, as well as holding senior corporate affairs roles at Ernst & Young and the NSW Business Chamber.

McPhee currently holds the position of Chair of the Diversity Council Australia and was CEO of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency between 2004 and 2008. As such, she is generally considered an authority on workplace policy.

O’Brien said in a statement that McPhee is uniquely placed to become the second ANRA CEO since the group was formed in 2004 and is sue to drive strategies to help its members build a retail experience that will delight customers.

“ANRA members include Australia’s most trusted household names in supermarket chains, department stores and specialty retailers and employ around 500,000 people and account for more than $110 billion in annual retail turnover,” O’Brien said.

“ANRA advocates a forward-looking policy agenda to help retailers meet customers’ needs including a consumer focused competition policy, a fair tax regime and policies that help promote investment and job creation.”

McPhee said she is looking forward to begin work with the ANRA when she takes up the position on October 7, aiming to work collaboratively with stakeholders to drive a fruitful retail landscape for the benefit of customers, employees and businesses.

“Australian retail is a very important part of the national economy, including its critical role in giving many young Australians, like myself, their first job and helping Australian families to combat rising living costs by keeping retail prices as low as possible” she said.

“I look forward to working with the ANRA Board and its members to promote Australian retail and ensure that barriers to growth, investment, job creation and lower prices are removed.”

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