Winning Group announces management restructure

Winning Appliances CEO to depart.

Winning Group CEO, John Winning has announced management changes as part of the Group’s strategy roadmap including the departure of Winning Appliances CEO, David Woollcott and appointments of Jo Devery and John Murphy who will both return to the Group.

Winning said, “After reviewing the structure of the Winning Group leadership team to be able to deliver the strategy and as part of my role as Group CEO, I am excited to announce that I will now be taking responsibility for the leadership and strategy of Winning Appliances. As such, the Winning Appliances CEO role is no longer required moving forward and accordingly David Woollcott (pictured below) will be leaving the business.

“During his two years at the Winning Group, David made a number of significant contributions to the business, including leading the team who successfully delivered the opening of our Kingston and Fortitude Valley stores. We want to thank David Woollcott for his contribution to the business and wish him the best of luck in the future. As there is no plan to replace this role, Sam Zalin will continue in his role as head of buying and marketing and will report into myself.

Winning also announced the appointment of two new roles to the business, Jo Devery in the position of Winning Group COO (Chief Operating Officer) and John Murphy in the interim position of Winning Appliances National Stores Lead.

“We are delighted to announce that Jo Devery will be returning to the Winning Group as Chief Operating Officer. Jo previously worked at the Winning Group for over three years as Chief Buying and Merchandise Officer and has most recently come from Lux Group, where she was General Manager. Jo’s extensive knowledge of the business and the industry and her skills set will ensure that the Group will deliver on its goals and strategy to ensure we provide the best shopping experience in the world,” John Winning said.

In her role as COO, Jo Devery will focus on the execution of the strategy roadmap across the Group, supporting the daily operations and holding executive accountability for the Home Clearance, Handy Crew, Winning Appliances Commercial and Appliances Online Commercial business units. Devery will also look after Operations and Customer Experience, commencing the role in late October.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to welcome John Murphy back to the business as he was involved with Winning Appliances for over three decades with my father and myself. He will add invaluable experience in helping to run our 13 stores across, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia,” Winning added.

In his interim position as National Stores Lead, John Murphy will focus on driving the existing and new stores across the country, before moving onto another strategic role in the business. Murphy will join the business in the first week of October.

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