Narta will welcome Derek Haley to the newly created role of general manager – business development, effective March 2023. Haley is currently director of growth and operations at Electrolux and will leave the company after 32 years.

The role has been created to focus on strategic priorities and new initiatives around logistics and sustainability based on feedback and input from Narta’s key partners at its Seminar in June.

Haley will own and drive the operational integration of these initiatives and work closely with Narta, member and supplier stakeholders. He will provide overall operational processes, systems and strategic advice on resource planning, compliance and leadership of backend operations and functions for all new and existing retail services and in consultation with the general manager and chief operating officer, be responsible for the escalation and troubleshooting of goal achievement blockages with relevant internal and external stakeholders.

Narta chief operating officer, Darren Spencer said, “This position will provide additional value as the key contact into new projects, such as sustainability and logistics, API integration and member engagement. Importantly, this will provide a senior key contact focused on achieving our company goals for suppliers and members, including our strategic goals of expansion into new business markets.

“During his time with Electrolux, Derek worked across all areas of the business including IT, sales, continuous improvement, logistics and system creation. He brings a wealth of knowledge to assist Narta members and suppliers, as well as a passion for operational excellence and driving solutions.

“Derek will bring a lot of experience, expertise and value to Narta and our partners and I look forward to him formerly joining us around March next year.”

Commenting on Haley’s new appointment, Electrolux managing director for Australia and New Zealand, Kurt Hegvold said, “We hold Derek in the highest regard at Electrolux. His three decades of wonderful contribution to the growth and development of our business across a number of areas has been outstanding. On behalf of our Electrolux family, I want to thank Derek and wish him the best of luck for the future and the next step in his career.”