Senior Management

Jeff Adams CEO of Metcash

Jeff Adams

BA, Business Administration & Management
CEO, Metcash Group

Jeff has over 40 years of international retail experience across domestic and international businesses in the United States, Europe, Asia, Central America, and the Middle East. Most recently, Jeff was Chief Executive Officer of Operations for Turkey at Tesco Kipa.

Jeff served as an Executive Vice President of Operations at Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Inc. from 2008. Before moving to Fresh & Easy, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Tesco Lotus since 2004. He was instrumental in starting Lotus in 1993.

Brad Soller

B.Comm, B.Acc, M.Comm, CA (SA)
CFO, Metcash Group

Brad joined Metcash in January 2015 and prior to that was the CFO of David Jones and CFO of Lendlease. Brad is a Chartered Accountant having worked with PwC in both London and Johannesburg.

Steven Cain

M Eng.
CEO, Supermarkets & Convenience

Steven joined Metcash in 2015 with significant local & international business experience through previous directorships at Coles, Asda (UK), Pacific EquIty Partners & ITV (UK).

Steven has attended management programs at Harvard & London Business Schools and has a Master of Chemical Engineering Degree from Imperial College London.

Mark Laidlaw

B.Ec, CPA
CEO, Independent Hardware Group

Mark joined Metcash in 2001 and was appointed CEO of Mitre 10 Australia in May 2010.

Mark has extensive experience in general management, sales, operations and commercial management and prior to joining Metcash, Mark worked for Mobil Oil.

Scott Marshall

B.Business
CEO Australian Liquor Marketers

Scott began his career with Metcash in the ALM business 24 years ago and was appointed CEO of ALM in December 2013.

His areas of experience cover warehousing operations and management, sales, retail operations, state general management and marketing management.

Linda Venables

B.Sc Hons
Chief Logistics Officer, Food & Liquor

Linda started with Metcash in October 2013 and was appointed Chief Logistics Officer in February 2015.

Linda’s career spans both FMCG and Retail, including 3rd party logistics in Europe and the Australian retail market. Linda also has extensive systems implementation, program management and M&A experience.

Edwin Gear

B.Sc, MBA
Chief Information Officer

Edwin joined Metcash in 2014 and was appointed as Group CIO in April 2015. Edwin is responsible for IT’s cross-functional collaboration with group companies.

Before joining Metcash Edwin held various executive roles in merchandising, logistics and technology with Foodstuffs Wellington and Mitre10 in New Zealand and Supergroup in South Africa.

Penny Coates

BA Hons, Chartered Fellow CIPD, GAICD
Chief People & Culture Officer

Penny joined Metcash in 2015 as Chief People & Culture Officer. Penny has extensive international HR and line management experience gained in the retail, financial services and professional services industries.

Prior to joining Metcash Penny worked for TAL as their Chief Customer Service & Operations Officer.