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Senior Management

Doug Jones

BComm, Accounting, Tax, Auditing, Information Systems, CA(SA)
CEO, Metcash Group

Doug is an experienced executive with extensive wholesale, retail and eCommerce experience. He spent 14 years with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Massmart group which is majority-owned by Walmart Inc. It has leading market positions in wholesale food, liquor, home improvement and general merchandise.

Before joining Metcash Doug was CEO and Senior Vice President of Massmart Wholesale, which includes ‘big box’ format food, liquor, and general merchandise stores serving retail, commercial and wholesale customers; cash and carry stores; buying groups that service wholesale and independent retail customers; and a number of eCommerce platforms.

Doug is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has previously held senior finance positions in Makro SA, Amalgamated Beverages Industries Limited and The South African Breweries, all in Johannesburg, CocaCola Enterprises in Canada, and Deloitte in both Canada and South Africa.

Deepa Sita

MBA, CA(SA)
CFO, Metcash Group

Deepa joined Metcash as Chief Financial Officer in January 2024.

She has extensive finance and industry experience spanning over 20 years. In addition to finance, Deepa has significant senior leadership experience across strategy, mergers and acquisitions, digital, information technology and integration.

Most recently, Deepa held the position of Chief Financial Officer of the largest FMCG company in Africa, Tiger Consumer Brands Limited. Prior to Tiger Consumer Brands, Deepa held senior leadership roles with Walmart’s South Africa-based subsidiary Massmart. These included Interim CEO of Masscash, Finance and Commercial Director of Masswarehouse, Chief Strategy and Integration Officer of Massmart Wholesale and CFO of Makro SA, all divisions of Massmart. She also held senior finance roles with Mondelēz International and Samsung Electronics South Africa.

Grant Ramage

CEO, Metcash Food

Grant was promoted to CEO of Metcash Food in 2023 after four years as Executive General Manager, Merchandise, and a further four years as State General Manager, Supermarkets in WA. He has been a key contributor to the strong performance of both the Food pillar and the IGA network in recent years, working closely with leading retailers and suppliers to improve IGA’s competitive position and deliver sustainable growth.

Prior to joining Metcash in 2015, Grant held several senior roles at Coles Liquor across merchandise, marketing, operational leadership, business development, critical projects, and exclusive brands. His earlier career included 10 years with Oddbins, the UK’s then pre-eminent Wine Merchant, initially in retail stores and then in buying.

Annette Welsh

CEO, Independent Hardware Group

Annette joined Metcash in 2010 and held the roles of GM of Operations and GM Merchandise prior to being appointed CEO of Independent Hardware Group in 2020.

Annette has global experience across retail and wholesale and prior to joining Metcash worked for Marks & Spencer and IBM.

Richard Murray

CEO, Total Tools

Richard is a highly experienced and respected executive with a proven track record in the Australian retail sector. His career includes close to two decades with JB HI-FI, including seven years as CEO where he delivered significant growth, transformation and shareholder value.

Most recently, Richard was Premier Investments CEO Retail from 2021 to 2023 where he achieved record sales and earnings in a challenging post-COVID environment.

Kylie Wallbridge

BCom

CEO, Australian Liquor Marketers

Kylie has more than 25 years of commercial, brand and marketing experience in the Australian and global liquor industries. Prior to joining Metcash Kylie was Managing Director at Diageo in the United Kingdom where she was responsible for the global Rare spirits, Private Client, Wine and Scottish tourism and retail businesses. Kylie also previously held the position of Managing Director of Diageo in Japan.

In addition to Diageo, Kylie has worked for multinational liquor organisations and brands including Heineken for thirteen years and Lion for seven years, in several senior roles across Africa, Asia and Australia.

Danielle Jenkinson

MBA (Mkt), BDes (Vis Comm)

Chief People & Culture Officer

In 2023 Danielle was promoted to Group Chief People & Culture Officer, from her previous roles as General Manager of Marketing and Executive General Manager of Retail, Metcash Food.

Prior to joining Metcash in 2018, Danielle held positions with Woolworths, Goodman Fielder and L’Oreal UK.

Danielle has over 20 years of industry experience with suppliers, retailers, and wholesalers. She’s held a variety of leadership roles spanning sales, commercial, marketing and operations, in both Australia and UK markets.

Julie Hutton

B Asian Studies (Viet), LLB, LLN, GAICD

Company Secretary

Julie joined Metcash in 2016 from law firm Baker & McKenzie, where she was a partner who specialised in mergers & acquisitions, private equity and corporate restructures.

Julie is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was formerly a Non-executive Director of AVCAL, a national association which represents the private equity and venture capital industries in Australia.

Marij Kouwenhoven

M.Sc. Engineering

Chief Technology Officer

Prior to joining Metcash in October 2022, Marij was the SVP and Global CIO of The Bountiful Company (now part of Nestle Health Science). Previously, she worked at Dairy Farmers of America, where she led a comprehensive program of simplification and optimisation to deliver expanded services and value to the ‘fiercely independent’ member network.

Marij’s professional career started in the early days of SAP in Germany, and she has held several IT leadership roles over the years covering IT strategy, applications modernisation, IT business operations improvement, shared service, agile transformation, cloud migration, data management, security/compliance, digital commerce, and analytics.