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Myer CEO and Retail Expert
Bernie Brookes’ 30-year retail career comprises a rich tapestry of stories and successes from some of Australia’s significant retail giants. Following a legendary career at Woolworths, he is currently Myer CEO. Bernie’s expertise in establishing the company’s independence from the Coles Group reiterated his deft hand for managing change, leadership, organising people and retail skills. Equipped with an unwavering self-confidence, and a desire to inspire entrepreneurship and empowerment in his people, Bernie’s significant contribution is woven into the fabric of Australian retail history.
Bernie’s experience includes leading a multi-divisional organisation during significant periods of change and re-engineering. Having worked in three states across all major divisions, he has an excellent grasp of a variety of areas of senior management. He has significant international experience. He has undertaken roles in India and China and has also been a management Director for the Woolworth’s Group.
His strengths include expertise in business management displaying energetic and self-confidence with the ability to find solutions to complex situations, through analytical, conceptual and entrepreneurial skills. Ultimately he is motivated by results. With 30 years of experience he brings substantial skills in managing change, organising people and leading teams with a passion for entrepreneurial-ship and empowerment
He was a chief engineer of Woolworth’s Project Refresh and became Director of Marketing for the group after performing roles across all areas of the Group.
He has been the CEO of Myer Limited since 2 June 2006. Managing the carve out of Myer from Coles Group and the rebuilding of the Myer business under new owners.