Myer Appoints New Digital-Focused Director

By Julian Thumm | 20 Nov 2015

Myer announces the appointment of a new director, David Whittle, emphasising his digital and omni-channel experience.

On the back of the recent release of the New Myer strategy, and the company’s developing digital focus, Myer has today announced the appointment of a new non-executive director, David Whittle.

Whittle has extensive digital experience working with global advertising group M&C Saatchi. During this time, he advised clients including the Commonwealth Bank, Optus, Westfield, ANZ, Qantas and Google on brand, digital, data, omni-channel retail and digital transformation.

Prior to joining M&C Saatchi, Whittle was employed by a marketing services group that built four digital service and software businesses. Two were acquired locally and the other two were ultimately acquired by Oracle and Netratings in the United States.

Myer Chairman, Paul McClintock, said, “We are delighted to have Dave join the Myer Board, particularly given his impressive digital and omni-channel retail experience in marketing and advertising.”

“Dave will bring a fresh and innovative perspective to our business and we’re looking forward to his insights and input as we implement New Myer. His deep expertise in helping brands appeal to consumers will be invaluable as Myer creates a customer-led offer for our high-value customer,” said McClintock.

“Myer is an iconic and loved Australian brand, and I am really pleased to be joining the Board during a time when the Company is implementing the New Myer strategy,” said Whittle.

“I’m passionate about innovation, so it’s perfect timing for me to bring my skills and experience to the team as Myer embarks on its five-year transformation program,” said Whittle.

The announcement came as McClintock addressed shareholders today at Myer’s annual general meeting, emphasising the need for a true omni-channel retail model, and highlighting the benefits of a young, digital native staff.

“Our young sales employees today are digital natives, connected by devices and Wi-Fi. Logistics, online order fulfillment, pick and pack has become a rolling 24-hour operation. Our team members are looking to us as employers to deliver new ways of working that keep them engaged and productive,” he said.

“There is a world of opportunity to be captured by creating lively, innovative, productive and engaging work for future generations.”


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