Following an international search, Australian retail leader Chris Wilesmith was appointed the new chief executive of home improvement retail co-operative Mitre 10 (NZ) Ltd.
Mitre 10 chairman Martin Dippie says he is thrilled with the appointment.
“Chris is a highly accomplished retail leader, having spent more than 30 years in specialty, big-box and omni-channel retail,” Mr Dippie says.
“This is an exciting time for our business, with every retailer challenged to adapt to a world that is rapidly changing around us.
“Innovation, leadership and courage are required, and we see Chris as expertly placed to lead Mitre 10 through the exciting times ahead.
“Importantly, he will also be an excellent fit for our unique and special culture.”
A career retailer, Mr Wilesmith has held roles with Woolworths, Dick Smith and Supercheap Auto, where he is currently managing director for the company’s Australia and New Zealand operations.
A graduate of the Australian Graduate School of Management, Mr Wilesmith says he’s excited to join Mitre 10.
“It is a real honour to be offered the opportunity to join a team that has built an iconic brand that means so much to New Zealanders,” Mr Wilesmith says.
“What excites me is the Mitre 10 culture; its focus on team, community, and fascination with growing a global best practice organisation into the future for its suppliers, partners and customers to benefit from,” he says.
A keen mountaineer and cyclist, Mr Wilesmith is looking forward to moving his family to New Zealand where he will commence the role in early September.
The Board appointed an executive recruitment firm to conduct the search, which took a little over four months.
Former chief executive Neil Cowie left Mitre 10 in February 2019 after five years in the role.
Mr Dippie commended him for leading the company through a time of impressive growth, and ensuring the company is in an excellent position for the future.