Breville Group appoints chief financial officer

To strengthen industry leadership.

Martin Nicholas will step into the role of Breville group chief financial officer, effective 10 September, 2018. Acting interim CFO, Michelle Waters will return to her role as general manager of finance.

Nicholas joins Breville as an experienced executive in a variety of international and local retail and consumer facing businesses.

Most recently, he was CEO and CFO of ASX 200 listed, Greencross Limited where he helped to double both revenue and EBITDA. Prior to this, he was CFO at Sterling Early Education and Study Group in Sydney.

His global experience includes serving as the group financial director and CFO Asia Pacific for Rentokil Initial in Singapore and London, and a 20 year career with Unilever in London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney, where he held roles encompassing all aspects of financial management, M&A, IT, operational and manufacturing control.

Breville Group CEO, Jim Clayton said, “The appointment of Martin Nicholas adds considerable strength to the leadership team at Breville. He is an exceptionally talented operator, who brings a wealth of ASX and M&A experience. We have been a leader in our category for 86 years and Martin joins us at a time of exciting growth. Martin will be a key member driving the business forward to capitalise on the many opportunities that lie ahead.”

Commenting on his appointment, Martin Nicholas said, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work in partnership with Jim Clayton and the Breville team to further drive Breville’s leading position. I fully share Jim’s vision for the future and am excited by the Group’s enormous potential for global growth.”

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