OUR LEADERS

Meet the Cotton On Group’s leaders; a dedicated and passionate team who support our people to achieve great things.

PETER JOHNSON

Chief Executive Officer
Peter Johnson was appointed as General Manager in 2004 and CEO of the Cotton On Group in 2008.

Chief Executive Officer
Peter Johnson was appointed as General Manager in 2004 and CEO of the Cotton On Group in 2008.

Peter began his career in the banking and IT sector before making the move to retail.  Having spent over nine years working for leading retailers including Sportsgirl, Jeans West and Country Road, Peter brings a wealth of knowledge and retail acumen to the Group.

As CEO, Peter has been integral in the growth of the Cotton On Group, seeing the store footprint grow from 50 Australian Cotton On stores in 2004, to now over 1,500 stores globally and a suite of seven brands, operating in 19 countries, supported by a global workforce of more than 20,000 people.

Peter’s vision is to ensure the Cotton On Group continues to grow as a retail market leader, while staying true to its Australian heritage and the entrepreneurial spirit that has seen the company enjoy exponential expansion in recent years.  Peter sees this growth as enabling personal and professional development opportunities for the global workforce and the ability to continue to make positive contributions in the communities in which the Group operates.

Peter is wholly committed to success of the Group’s philanthropic arm, the Cotton On Foundation which focuses on the development and support of projects within the communities we touch. The Cotton On Foundation is on a mission to create 20,000 quality educational places globally by 2020.

When he’s not in the office, Pete enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and is a mad Richmond supporter. 

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MICHAEL HARDWICK

Chief Financial Officer
Michael joined the Cotton On Group in 2009 having spent the previous eight years as a Partner in the New York based private equity firm of Hudson Valley Capital Partners. 

Chief Financial Officer
Michael joined the Cotton On Group in 2009 having spent the previous eight years as a Partner in the New York based private equity firm of Hudson Valley Capital Partners.  Prior to this, he spent 10 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in both Melbourne and New York in the transaction advisory practice.

A qualified Chartered Accountant, Michael’s acute financial acumen has helped drive the Cotton On Group to become the success it is today.  He has played an active role in steering business growth while helping shape the vision and strategy for the Group’s future.

Michael is a strong advocate for the Cotton On Group’s People + Culture program and seeks to integrate even further the values that make our business so unique.

Mick loves spending time with his family, travelling and football. GO CATS!

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NATALIE MCLEAN

Chief Retail Officer
Natalie’s passion for people and clothing has driven a long, professional career in retail.
Natalie first joined the Cotton On Group in 1991 where she spent eight years with the business before taking up the roles of Product Manager Giordano International and Retail General Manager at Rip Curl, which saw her work across markets globally.

Chief Retail Officer

Natalie’s passion for people and clothing has driven a long, professional career in retail.

Natalie first joined the Cotton On Group in 1991 where she spent eight years with the business before taking up the roles of Product Manager Giordano International and Retail General Manager at Rip Curl, which saw her work across markets globally.

Natalie returned to the Cotton On Group in early 2013 taking up the position of General Manager for Cotton On KIDS, where she worked closely with her team to create ranges and products that were both exciting and inspiring and catered to our littlest customer.

In August-2017, Natalie was appointed as Chief Retail Officer (CRO) further cementing her commitment and longstanding career with the Cotton On Group.

Within this position, Natalie will lead the Group’s new Mega Retail Operations function which will drive a single minded customer proposition across our mega brands, while delivering exceptional retail experiences our customers will love.

When not escaping for a weekend to the beautiful seaside town of Lorne on the Great Ocean Road, Natalie is following her passion for horse racing with her position as a board member with the Geelong Racing Club.

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JULIE CHRISTY

Group Executive, Product and Business Innovation
Julie commenced in womenswear at the Cotton On Group in 2001 when the business had only one brand and 34 stores in Australia.

Group Executive, Product and Business Innovation

Julie commenced in womenswear at the Cotton On Group in 2001 when the business had only one brand and 34 stores in Australia. Since then, Julie has played a critical role in the expansion of the business, spearheading the launch of Cotton On BODY, Rubi and Typo.

With the customer always top of mind, Julie has an innate ability to forecast trends and continues to be pivotal in steering the direction of the Group. Julie believes that everyone should have the opportunity to access on trend fashion, regardless of disposable income.

With over 30 years of buying and production experience, Julie’s expertise in product, product differentiation, brand identity and production management is integral to her role. She uses her intimate knowledge of each brand’s DNA to support brand teams in delivering products that are not only true to the spirit of their brand and the Cotton On Group ethos, but also progressive and exciting for their customer.

As one of our long standing and respected leaders, Julie is passionate about fostering the cultural values of the business. Julie is an advocate for supporting people within the Group in their growth and development and nurturing people through their ideas.

Aside from spending time with family and friends, Julie also loves trawling through markets, shops, magazines and watching people, always looking for new inspirations and ideas.

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MARSHAL MCLEAN

Group Executive, Communications
Marshal is an original team member, and having spent time on the Cotton On shop floor in the early days he has an innate understanding of retail and the Cotton On Group business.

Group Executive, Communications
Marshal is an original team member, and having spent time on the Cotton On shop floor in the early days he has an innate understanding of retail and the Cotton On Group business.

Marshal then spent several years abroad, gaining invaluable experience with a number of international retailers in the UK including GAP before returning to the Group to help successfully drive the company’s aggressive growth strategy and expanding brand portfolio. He has applied his creative approach to pivotal leadership roles, heading up the functions of Visual Merchandising, Marketing, Branding, E-commerce and Communications over the years.

During this time, the Group’s vision from the early 90s has stuck with him, and he continues to drive this culture across the business today. True to the Group’s style, Marshal is always looking for ways to push the boundaries and challenge people to think big and differently. As a champion of ideas, people and brands, Marshal currently leads Group Communications while consulting to its suite of brands on Visual Merchandising, Branding and Marketing.

Marshal is deeply connected to the local community in Geelong and willingly shares his expertise for the benefit of the various organisations he is involved with.

Marshal enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, travelling to new places and supporting his local football team in Geelong, the Newtown Football Club.

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GLENN KEAST

Group Executive, Operations and Technology
Glenn joined the Cotton On Group over ten years ago from a Senior Logistics role at National Foods, bringing with him significant industry experience and expertise in logistics operations and business systems.

Group Executive, Operations and Technology

Glenn joined the Cotton On Group over ten years ago from a Senior Logistics role at National Foods, bringing with him significant industry experience and expertise in logistics operations and business systems.

With logistics being the backbone of the business, Glenn has played a crucial role in enabling the Group’s growth by ensuring our systems, people and capabilities are one step ahead. As the Group has expanded into new regions across the globe, Glenn has led the establishment of our global Distribution Centres to ensure our products are effectively distributed to our customers around the world.

Glenn heads the Operations and Technology team consisting of group production and sourcing, global logistics and procurement, as well as distribution and technology. In collaboration with his leaders, Glenn is responsible for the end-to-end process of production, providing innovative logistics solutions through the management of our global distribution centres all while delivering innovative technological experiences. Glenn’s team aims to transform the business supply chain to a value chain, ensuring through collaboration and advanced technology, the Group are providing the optimum speed to market for our consumer.

Glenn is also extremely passionate about supporting the local community, in particular the Northern Futures initiative.  This program has given disadvantaged people in the Geelong region the opportunity to gain training and work experience at our Lara Distribution Centre, as a pathway to long term employment.

When Glenn’s not busy being an active dad coaching and following his children’s sports, he enjoys keeping fit and healthy.

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PAUL HEARD

Group Executive, Licensing
Paul’s career with the Cotton On Group started at the age of 22 where he worked in the Distribution Centre in Geelong.

Group Executive, Licensing

Paul’s career with the Cotton On Group started at the age of 22 where he worked in the Distribution Centre in Geelong.

Over the years, Paul has worked his way up through the business, leading a variety of functions including Distribution, Production, Buying, Allocation and Supply.

In his current role as Group Executive of License, Paul spends his days building and nurturing relationships with our brands and global partners and is continually finding ways to take our brands to new countries and markets, enabling growth while also delivering a world class customer experience.

Paul’s long-standing career with the business has seen him play an important role in helping shape the Group’s culture, while drawing on his innate knowledge of operations to help develop efficient and commercially viable paths for the business to take.

Paul enjoys surfing, going to the gym and spending time with his family. 

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ROBERT KENNY

Group Executive, Property
Robert Kenny is the Group Executive of Property, having commenced with the Cotton On Group in 2011.

Group Executive, Property

Robert Kenny is the Group Executive of Property, having commenced with the Cotton On Group in 2011. Prior to this, he spent 14 years at The Just Group as the Head of Property, managing 1,000 stores across multiple brands.  Robert was part of the The Just Group management buyout in 2001 and IPO in 2004.

Today, Robert heads up the Group’s global property portfolio including international leasing, store design, development and construction.

Robert has spearheaded the Group’s successful expansion into some of the highest growth regions in the southern hemisphere. He has been instrumental in growing the Group’s store footprint in South Africa, overseeing the successful opening of 100 stores within the region in just three years.

Robert also led the launch of the first Cotton On store in São Paulo, Brazil in 2014, a key milestone for the Group’s expansion into the Latin American market. The opening made the Cotton On Group the first Australian retailer to launch an independent store in the country.

Robert is passionate about creating a strong sense of brand identity by delivering store designs that connect with each of the Group’s customer demographic.

Robert loves travelling, spending time on the farm with his family and riding his ride on lawn mower.

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SAM CURWOOD

Group Executive, Leasing
Sam Curwood started with the Cotton On Group in 2007 following his time as Leasing Executive with a number of shopping centre landlords including Colonial and Westfield and 10 years at the Austin Group.

Group Executive, Leasing

Sam Curwood started with the Cotton On Group in 2007 following his time as Leasing Executive with a number of shopping centre landlords including Colonial and Westfield and 10 years at the Austin Group.

During his time, Sam has been instrumental in the Group’s aggressive rollout in Australia and Asia using his significant knowledge of the retail property market in each region to drive expansion of the Group’s retail footprint.

Sam brings an infectious enthusiasm and energy to his role and is passionate about finding the right new homes for our stores and for our customers.

Sam is a father to two and dedicates time outside of his work to breeding thoroughbreds and cattle farming.

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BRENDAN SWEENEY

General Manager, E-Commerce
With 12 years experience in multichannel retailing, Brendan joined the Cotton On Group in September 2015, charged with driving the future growth of the business’ e-commerce platform.

General Manager, E-Commerce

With 12 years experience in multichannel retailing, Brendan joined the Cotton On Group in September 2015, charged with driving the future growth of the business’ e-commerce platform.

Hailing from Ireland, Brendan sets his sights on Australia in 2012, where he spent three years working at Wesfarmers leading supermarket brand Coles’ group strategy and transforming its multichannel offering. Prior to this, Brendan spent his career in senior leadership roles in the United Kingdom, working in the retail and manufacturing sectors.

With a passion for building world-class businesses, Brendan is responsible for developing both a short-term business plan and long-term blueprint for the Group’s e-commerce platform. This role will see him partner with brands to drive sales, maximize customer engagement and deliver innovative digital strategies. Brendan will also oversee site functionality, platform optimisation and lead our relationships with external suppliers.

Brendan loves spending time with family and friends and enjoys kayaking and bike riding on weekends.

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PENNI DONALDSON

General Manager, Production
Penni joined the Cotton On Group in January 2016 after a 15 year stint in Mainland China and Hong Kong where she spent the majority of her time working for global fashion retailer H&M.

General Manager, Production

Penni joined the Cotton On Group in January 2016 after a 15 year stint in Mainland China and Hong Kong where she spent the majority of her time working for global fashion retailer H&M.

Penni’s career in retail production started at Apparel Group Australia where she looked after some of the country’s leading fashion brands including Myer, Katies, Susan, Susan Grae and Sportsgirl. After four years, Penni relocated from Sydney to Shanghai with Apparel Group Australia where she managed the production of woven and jersey garments for ladieswear.

In 2002, Penni joined Sweden-born clothing manufacturer H+M where over a 13 year period she held a number of regional and global executive management roles in both production and buying. Penni has a wealth of experience in all product types from garments to accessories and shoes.

In her current role as General Manager of Production, Penni leads day-to-day production activities across the Group’s portfolio of seven brands, supporting each of the teams to deliver great outcomes in product quality and speed to market.

Since joining the Group, Penni has been instrumental in finding new opportunities and efficiencies in the business’ supply chain to ensure we continue to deliver the best products to our customers at the price and speed they expect.

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JAMES HUBBARD

General Manager, Risk + Sustainability
James joined the Cotton On Group in 2012 as the Global Logistics and Procurement Manager, bringing with him 25 years of experience in logistics, risk management and sustainability, across a number of well-known Australian brands.

General Manager, Risk + Sustainability

James joined the Cotton On Group in 2012 as the Global Logistics and Procurement Manager, bringing with him 25 years of experience in logistics, risk management and sustainability, across a number of well-known Australian brands.

During his time as Global Logistics and Procurement Manager, James’ leadership saw the Group’s store network nearly double and its global footprint increase dramatically. James was responsible for the transformation of the Group’s supply chain, which involved moving to a direct sourcing model, resulting in the business having one of the fastest supply chains in the world.

In 2017, following a remarkable career with the Group, James was appointed as General Manager of Risk and Sustainability.

Within this role, James leads functions including Health and Safety, Commercial, Operational and Inventory Risk as well as our Sustainability Department. The Group’s commitment to making a positive difference in people’s lives will see James lead the growth of our existing sustainability programs and find new opportunities to drive long-term change across our operations.

Outside of work, James enjoys watching his kids play sport and trips to his farm and down the coast with family and friends.  During winter he can be found barracking for the Saints in the AFL.

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FELICITY MCGAHAN

General Manager, Cotton On
Felicity McGahan joined the Cotton On Group in September 2011, after spending time abroad with US retailer GAP, taking on the role of Global General Manager for Cotton On.

General Manager, Cotton On
Felicity McGahan joined the Cotton On Group in September 2011, after spending time abroad with US retailer GAP, taking on the role of Global General Manager for Cotton On.

Felicity has always worked in retail, starting out on the shop floor at an early age and moving to senior roles with Esprit, Reebok and Sussan.

A true global influence, Felicity’s career path has seen her navigate across the globe while finessing her skills in the areas of field operations, visual merchandising, store design, marketing and creative services.

During her time with GAP, Felicity helped revive the iconic American brand through her roles leading store experience, creative services and marketing.

Currently, Felicity is working hard in delivering trends and inspiring communities through the Cotton On brand, empowering her global retail teams to make their mark on the world.

 

 

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DARREN FOX

Acting General Manager, Cotton On KIDS
Darren joined the Cotton On Group in 2009 as Merchandise Manager for popular stationary and gifting brand, Typo.

Acting General Manager, Cotton On KIDS

Darren joined the Cotton On Group in 2009 as Merchandise Manager for popular stationary and gifting brand, Typo.

During his time in this role, Darren played an active role in developing the product offer for Typo’s first bricks and mortar store in Harbour Town, Victoria.

Shortly after joining the business, Darren progressed into the role of Supply Chain Manager before becoming Global Brand Manager in 2009, where he spearheaded Typo’s evolution from concept store to being a household name with a presence of 200 stores across 11 countries today.

With over 25 years’ experience in retail, Darren has held various management positions in both store operations and support centre functions in the electrical, airport retailing and home wares sectors.

In August 2017, following a stellar career with the Group, Darren was appointed as acting General Manager for childrenswear brand, Cotton On KIDS.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience in merchandising, operations, branding and omni-channel retailing, Darren will continue to drive the success of the Cotton On KIDS brand domestically and internationally, supporting his team to create ranges and products that will surprise and delight our littlest customer.

As an experienced, high-performance leader, Darren enjoys mentoring his talented team of over 1,000 people, and is passionate about supporting their growth and development and building a resources pipeline for the future.

Hailing from Queensland, Darren enjoys supporting his beloved Brisbane Broncos and exploring the outdoors with his family.

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RAITH HUTCHINSON

General Manager, Factorie
Raith started with the Cotton On Group in 2008 charged with bringing to life the then new Factorie brand.

General Manager, Factorie
Raith started with the Cotton On Group in 2008 charged with bringing to life the then new Factorie brand. Raith has since helped establish the business, along with his expanding team and has seen the brand grow from 11 stores to the international footprint Factorie has today.

Raith came to the Cotton On Group from the Retail Apparel Group, growing both the yd. and Connor brands, along with spending some time in a retail property role.  Previous to this, he held roles with Hutchison Telecom launching the 3 Mobile retail channel and Sanity Entertainment, heading up their retail operations.

He attributes his success to his passion for people, leadership and brand development, placing great emphasis on building dynamic, passionate teams and developing retail industry leaders. 

As the dedicated leader to the Factorie team, Raith is eager to see the brand continue to flourish and is excited about the future challenges and opportunities to come.

Raith enjoys spending time with his busy and active family, watching his children’s weekend sports and relaxing with family and friends.

 

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BIANCA GINNS

General Manager, Typo
Bianca Ginns is a born retailer having led numerous brands and key departments across some of Australia’s premier retail chains.

General Manager, Typo
Bianca Ginns is a born retailer having led numerous brands and key departments across some of Australia’s premier retail chains.

Her passion for retail stems for her love of people development which is what led her to join the Cotton On Group in 2012.

As the first General Manager to join the new Cotton On Group structure, it was Bianca’s trail blazing abilities and commitment to bringing people together that helped reform Typo as one brand, rather than a team separated by function.

Her collaborative style has built a cohesive vision and strategy to deliver global success.

When not growing her Typo team, Bianca loves spending time and travelling with her two children. Any beautiful beach is a draw card!

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BRYCE TELLEY

General Manager, Cotton On BODY
Bryce is a store retailer at heart, holding store management roles through his early years working at Speeds Shoes before moving into multi-site and state roles in his five years with Sanity Music.

General Manager, Cotton On BODY

Bryce is a store retailer at heart, holding store management roles through his early years working at Speeds Shoes before moving into multi-site and state roles in his five years with Sanity Music.

Bryce has been part of the Cotton On Group team since 2003, when the business was one brand and 32 stores. His journey for the most part has been as a pure retail specialist beginning as a state manager before moving into the first national retail role for the company.

As the Group expanded overseas and into new brands, Bryce held crucial global retail roles where he remained until early 2013. His desire to pursue a general management career path saw him take up position as Typo Global Brand Manager before being appointed T-bar General Manager.

In February 2015, Bryce was appointed General Manager for Cotton On BODY.

Outside of the Cotton On Group, Bryce is a sports fan who loves all sports but particularly golf. He is passionate about spending time with his family and travelling, having a soft spot for the US and Fiji.

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ELLE ROSEBY

General Manager, Supré
Elle has led the Supré team as General Manager since January 2014, after the Cotton On Group acquired the brand in late 2013.

General Manager, Supré
Elle has led the Supré team as General Manager since January 2014, after the Cotton On Group acquired the brand in late 2013. Elle has spent the last 20 years in leadership roles within highly recognisable Australian brands including Myer’s Miss Shop and Sportsgirl.

Elle commenced her career in apparel buying and advanced into leadership roles, gaining over 25 years experience in retail along the way.

As Supré GM, Elle is responsible for driving the brand in a new direction and taking it to the fashion aware global consumer. Elle is wholly committed to building relationships with the Supré girl through all touch points, including building awareness around youth issues with organisations at a community level.

Elle is a wife and a mother of two young girls as well as a big animal lover, with Buddha the blue staffy, a much-loved member of her family. 

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LISA ROGERS

General Manager, Rubi
Lisa’s career in retail began on the shop floor where at the age of 18 she started working for the Just Group – managing one of the brand’s Queensland-based stores.

General Manager, Rubi
Lisa’s career in retail began on the shop floor where at the age of 18 she started working for the Just Group – managing one of the brand’s Queensland-based stores.

Over the next decade, Lisa had what she describes as a stellar upbringing in the retail industry, working her way up from smaller to larger stores, and gaining a deep understanding of all aspects of retail along the way.

In 2003, Lisa joined the Cotton On Group as Floating Manager before moving onto Regional Manager and then State Manager of the business’ Queensland operations. After two years, Lisa relocated to the Group’s global headquarters in North Geelong, where she played a major role in the business’ Australian and New Zealand expansion.

Since joining the business, Lisa has lead a variety of roles including National Brand Manager (Group), National Retail Manager (Group), Country Brand Manager (Cotton On) and General Manager of Southern (Cotton On).

During her time with Cotton On, Lisa embedded a best-practice approach across all aspects of the brand, drove leadership autonomy in each of its international markets, and created alignment across the southern region including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Brazil.

An exceptional leader and role model, in June 2016, Lisa was appointed General Manager of Rubi – the Group’s footwear and accessories brand.

Lisa has a deep commitment to her people and is heavily invested in the relationships she has built with her team. She’s incredibly passionate about their personal and professional development– ensuring each and every person is set up for success.

Lisa enjoys leading a high performing and dynamic team, creating obsession worthy products and further building the brand’s success.

Lisa loves spending time with her family and playing golf.

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TIM DIAMOND

General Manager, Cotton On Foundation
Tim was initially engaged by the Cotton On Group back in 2006 to commence work on a philanthropic arm of the business.

General Manager, Cotton On Foundation
Tim was initially engaged by the Cotton On Group back in 2006 to commence work on a philanthropic arm of the business.

In November 2007, Tim formed a partnership with Mannya Village, Uganda which led to the official registration of the Cotton On Foundation as a charity organisation. And so began the programs that today are improving the lives of the communities throughout the region and around the world.

The Cotton On Foundation’s mission is to develop 20,000 educational places globally by 2020. The aim is to mobilise entire communities across the Foundation’s four pillars of Education, Healthcare, Infrastructure and Sustainability – delivering on the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030.

The local leaders of Mannya Village have given Tim the Ugandan name of ‘Kirabo’ meaning ‘Gift’, as a credit to his actions in delivering project outcomes.

Outside of work Tim gets his energy from his three young boys and wife who together live an active, fun life on Victoria’s Surf Coast.

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JOHAN VAN WYK

Country Manager, South Africa
Johan joined the Cotton On Group in 2011 where, as Country Manager, he played an integral role in the business’ expansion into South Africa.

Country Manager, South Africa

Johan joined the Cotton On Group in 2011 where, as Country Manager, he played an integral role in the business’ expansion into South Africa.

Prior to joining the Group, Johan enjoyed an 18-year-long career at Pepkor Group, where he was instrumental in taking the business to an undeveloped retail environment and successfully rolling out the Ackermans brand in Africa. 

With Johan at the helm, the Cotton On Group opened the doors to its first store in South Africa in 2011, and has since grown to be one of the business’ largest markets outside of Australia.

In 2015, under Johan and the South African country hub’s guidance, the Group’s footprint was extended into Sub-Saharan Africa, with the opening of its first store in Namibia. This was the first time the Group entered a new region where the expansion was led from one of its international hubs. 

As the driving force behind the Cotton On Group’s South African operations, Johan’s vision is to support the business’ global mission to become the dominant fashion brand in Africa.

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MARK PAN

Country Manager, USA
Drawn to the Cotton On Group for its entrepreneurial spirit and people-centric culture, Mark joined the business in early 2013 as Country Manager of the United States.

Country Manager, USA
Drawn to the Cotton On Group for its entrepreneurial spirit and people-centric culture, Mark joined the business in early 2013 as Country Manager of the United States.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Mark ventured south to Philadelphia where he pursued a Bachelor of Science, majoring in in Economics and Marketing, at the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School of Business.

Mark has crossed numerous retail functions throughout his 20-year career, having held leadership positions at some of America’s premier retailers including Macy’s, Target and most recently, Gap Inc.

Mark attributes the Cotton On Group’s success in the U.S. to the strong collaboration between the local team and their respective partners at the business’ global headquarters in Geelong. As Country Manager, Mark is passionate about continuing to shape the U.S. team culture and vision, and charting a path for growth in the northern hemisphere for the Cotton On Group.

Outside of work, Mark enjoys spending time with his family and serves as a Board Member of Para Los Niños, a not-for-profit organisation that offers high quality education and integrated social services for children living in at-risk neighborhoods in Los Angeles County.

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PIERRE SCHRAPPE

Country Manager, Brazil
Pierre joined the Cotton On Group in July 2016, bringing with him more than 20 years’ experience in the retail industry, having specialised in the areas of customer experience, marketing and sales for both public and private companies.

Country Manager, Brazil
Pierre joined the Cotton On Group in July 2016, bringing with him more than 20 years’ experience in the retail industry, having specialised in the areas of customer experience, marketing and sales for both public and private companies.

Over the past decade, Pierre’s career has taken him from his home country of Brazil to Australia, New Zealand, the United States and back again, giving him a wealth of knowledge and cultural experience, including the ability to speak four languages – English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Pierre has spent much of his career working for leading apparel brands including Nike and GAP Inc., where he was responsible for large-scale projects such as the launch of Nike’s and GAP Inc.’s retail businesses into Brazil.

Sharing the Group’s people-first mentality, Pierre is passionate about building a strong culture and developing his teams, while continuing to drive the business’ success in what it sees as an incredibly exciting growth frontier.

Outside of work, Pierre enjoys anything sport related, especially tennis and of course, soccer! 

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ANDREW WOOLCOCK

Country Manager, Asia
Andrew has always had retail in his blood. He started his journey on the shop floor at a young age in Woolcock Reynella, his parent’s retail fashion business in South Australia.

Country Manager, Asia

Andrew has always had retail in his blood. He started his journey on the shop floor at a young age in Woolcock Reynella, his parent’s retail fashion business in South Australia.

The call of the big city took him to Sydney with Stockland Group in retail M&A, before moving onto development leasing with Colonial First State and Westfield Group.

Drawn to the Cotton On Group for its fast pace and people first approach, Andrew joined the business as Director – International Property. Over the last seven years, he has focused on the Group’s growth strategies in Asia and the Middle East and developing its license business.

In 2016, Andrew took on the role of Asia Country Manager.  He is excited to be growing and developing the region’s amazing teams and to be working in one of the Group’s most dynamic and culturally diverse markets.

Currently based in Singapore, Andrew loves exploring South East Asia’s amazing food markets, restaurants and tropical paradises with his family, and enjoying morning baby chino meetings with his three girls – Penelope, Jemima and Heidi.

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KERRY ASHFORD

Acting Country Manager, New Zealand
Kerry joined the Cotton On Group in 2013 as New Zealand Country Brand Manager for Cotton On BODY.

Acting Country Manager, New Zealand

Kerry joined the Cotton On Group in 2013 as New Zealand Country Brand Manager for Cotton On BODY.

During her time with the business, Kerry has been instrumental in driving the growth of the Cotton On BODY brand in New Zealand, including doubling the number of standalone stores which collectively delivered double digit comp growth, year on year.

With a career spanning more than two decades, Kerry is an experienced retailer who has held Country Manager roles with Esprit and Diva, as well as senior management roles within Specialty Fashion Group.

With a passion for people, Kerry takes a down to earth approach in nurturing and developing her team, driving clarity, transparency and accountability at every level.

With strong commercial acumen and a people-first approach, Kerry was appointed acting Country Manager for New Zealand in July 2017.

Within this role, Kerry is excited to continue building on the country’s unique culture, while optimising productivity through planning and assortment, to drive strong growth across the region.

Outside of work, Kerry loves exploring the outdoors and spending time with her three children. Kerry also enjoys cooking and entertaining friends.

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