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, Marketing and 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, Marketing and 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 the CO Brands Marketing and Store Experience teams while consulting to the Cotton On Group’s 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-Chilwell 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 and Country Manager, License Markets
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 and Country Manager, License Markets

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 & Country Manager – License Markets, 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 15 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 15 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, including the responsibility for our global e-commerce business and our Group Rewards program.

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

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GREER MCCRACKEN

General Manager, Communications, Wellness and Workplace
A passionate communications professional, Greer joined the Cotton On Group as Head of Global Communications in January 2013.

General Manager, Communications, Wellness and Workplace

A passionate communications professional, Greer joined the Cotton On Group as Head of Global Communications in January 2013.

Over the last five years, Greer has driven both the external and internal communications strategy for the Group, with a focus on key markets including Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South Africa, Brazil, the Middle East and the United States.

Prior to this, Greer was National Marketing Manager for Mecca Cosmetica where she led the successful launch of Mecca Maxima, before which time she worked as an agency consultant for global PR consultancy PPR with clients including Wesfarmers, Australian Defence Force, Bayer, Durex, Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and BMW.

Passionate about ensuring our people are happy, healthy, highly engaged and performing at their best, Greer’s current role sees her continue to drive the Group’s global communications strategy while spearheading the delivery of world class workspaces, wellbeing services and food and beverage offerings for our global team.

Outside of work, Greer loves travelling, cooking and spending time with her friends and family.

 

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PENNI DONALDSON

General Manager, CO Brands 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, CO Brands 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  CO Brands Production, Penni leads day-to-day production activities across the Group’s Cotton On, Rubi and Body 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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STUART HIGGINS

General Manager, Marketplace
Stuart is a long standing member of the fashion community in Australia with more than 20 years of industry experience.

General Manager, Marketplace

Stuart is a long standing member of the fashion community in Australia with more than 20 years of industry experience. An original member of the founding Cotton On team, Stuart then moved on to run two very successful private businesses.

Having re-joined the Cotton On family in 2011 as Menswear Buying Manager, Stuart swiftly progressed through the ranks to General Manager – Product, Cotton On where he oversaw the strategic direction of the menswear and ladies wear offerings across 18 global markets to ensure the brand continued to deliver on customer expectations.

In his current role of General Manager – Marketplace, Stuart will lead the Marketplace team in broadening our customer reach by growing the Group’s current partnerships with external channels while continuing to pursue new opportunities in additional regions.

Stuart also holds a seat on the Cotton On Foundation Advisory Board and is a passionate advocate for the Cotton On Foundation, in particular its education and infrastructure projects in Uganda.

Outside of work, Stuart’s life revolves around his family with his four active kids involved in horse riding, surf life saving, football, basketball, swimming and netball.

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HAYLIE SULLIVAN

General Manager, Group Planning
Haylie joined the Group in 2013 as the Cotton On BODY Global Merchandise Planning Manager, bringing with her a wealth of experience gained through more than a decade in merchandise planning and business analyst roles across multi-channel, wholesale retailing.

General Manager, Group Planning

Haylie joined the Group in 2013 as the Cotton On BODY Global Merchandise Planning Manager, bringing with her a wealth of experience gained through more than a decade in merchandise planning and business analyst roles across multi-channel, wholesale retailing.

A move to the position of Global Finance and Operations Manager in 2016 saw Haylie head the Planning, Merchandise, Finance & Operations functions within the BODY brand until her collaborative approach to leadership, passion for promoting an inspiring and nurturing team culture and ability to drive results led to her appointment as Acting General Manager of Cotton On BODY in July 2017.

Haylie’s recent appointment as General Manager, Group Planning sees her driving a disciplined approach to stock management, ensuring consistency across the Group’s suite of seven brands and setting the foundation of agility necessary to meet customers evolving channel needs into the future.

Outside of work Haylie loves travelling and exploring her interest in history and architecture.

 

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NICOLE PECK

General Manager- Commercial Finance, Cotton On
Nicole joined the Cotton On Group in December 2016 as General Manager of Finance and Operations.

General Manager- Commercial Finance, Cotton On

Nicole joined the Cotton On Group in December 2016 as General Manager of Finance and Operations. Prior to joining the group, Nicole has had 20 years experience in retail finance functions including the position of Director and CFO of Target, Kmart and The Just Group.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Business Accounting from RMIT, is a Certified Practicing Accountant, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is passionate about the finance function playing a key partnering role in delivering business success.

Living in Geelong, Nicole and her partner spend their time outside of work trying to keep up with their six very active and social children. They also enjoy bike rides, dining out and socialising with family and friends.

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RAITH HUTCHINSON

General Manager, People and Performance

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

General Manager, People and Performance

Raith started with the Cotton On Group in 2008 charged with bringing to life the then new Factorie brand. Raith successfully led the establishment of the business, and has seen the brand grow from 11 stores to the international footprint Factorie has today.

Raith brought to the Group a wealth of experience in retail operations gained from roles with the Retail Apparel Group where he grew both the yd. and Connor brands; 3 Mobile and Sanity Entertainment.

Raith has a demonstrated passion for people, leadership and brand development, placing great emphasis on building dynamic, passionate teams and developing retail industry leaders.

This has led to a natural transition to his current role of General Manager, People and Performance which sees Raith leading a team of dedicated experts within the Human Resources and Recruitment space to continually hone and deliver the Group’s global people strategy.

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

Brand Director, Cotton On
Bianca Ginns is a born retailer having led numerous brands and key departments across some of Australia’s premier retail chains.

Brand Director, Cotton On

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 trailblazing 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.

Bianca was appointed Brand Director of namesake brand Cotton On in January 2018, bringing her astute commercial and strategic thinking and leadership qualities to the position.

Outside of work, Bianca loves spending time with her two children and travelling the world. Any beautiful beach is a draw card!

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BRYCE TELLEY

General Manager, Typo
Bryce joined the Cotton On Group team in 2003 after holding store management, multi-site and state level roles with retailers including Sanity throughout his early career.

General Manager, Typo

Bryce joined the Cotton On Group team in 2003 after holding store management, multi-site and state level roles with retailers including Sanity throughout his early career.

For the most part, Bryce’s journey with the Group has been as a retail specialist, beginning as a State Manager for Cotton On, before moving into the first National Retail Manager role for the company.

As the Group expanded overseas and into new brands, Bryce held crucial global retail roles until early 2013, when his belief in the vast potential for the brands growth saw him take up position as Global Brand Manager for Typo.

He has since applied his retail acumen in General Management roles for T-Bar and Cotton On BODY, before rejoining Typo as General Manager in January 2018 to lead the brand as it continues its exciting growth trajectory.

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 United States and Fiji.

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JODIE BONGETTI

Acting General Manager, Supré
A highly regarded retailer with more than 30 years’ experience in the Australian market, Jodie joined the Cotton On Group in 2014.

Acting General Manager, Supré

A highly regarded retailer with more than 30 years’ experience in the Australian market, Jodie joined the Cotton On Group in 2014.

During her time with the Group Jodie has applied her comprehensive retail credentials to a number of roles including most recently, Global Retail Manager, Supré.

Always demonstrating her passion for people, and with a well-earned a reputation as a role model for the Group’s values, Jodie has formed strong partnerships with all of the Group’s retail functions and country partners while driving them to deliver best results.

With a hands-on approach to leadership Jodie thrives on being in-stores, understanding our customers, sharing her knowledge and motivating her team from the front line.

Her current role as Acting General Manager, Supré, will see Jodie driving a customer first mindset while continuing to build and develop her girl gang and the Supré brand.

Outside of work Jodie loves spending time with her husband David and their beautiful daughter Isabella.

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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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DARREN FOX

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

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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LISA ROGERS

Country Manager, Australia
Lisa’s career in retail began on the shop floor, working her way up from smaller to larger stores of The Just Group, and gaining a deep understanding of all aspects of retail along the way.

Country Manager, Australia

Lisa’s career in retail began on the shop floor, working her way up from smaller to larger stores of The Just Group, 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), General Manager of Southern (Cotton On) and most recently, General Manager of Rubi – the Group’s footwear and accessories brand.

During her time in these roles, Lisa embedded a best-practice approach across all aspects of the Cotton On and Rubi brands, drove leadership autonomy in each of their international markets, and created global alignment across the Group’s hubs in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Asia, the USA and Brazil.

An exceptional leader and role model, Lisa was appointed Country Manager, Australia in May 2018.

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.

This role will see Lisa lead a high performing and dynamic team in delivering an outstanding retail experience for all Cotton On Group customers within the Australian market.

Lisa loves spending time with her family and playing golf.

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KERRY ASHFORD

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

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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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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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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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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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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