Directors

Gerry Harvey is an entrepreneur, one of Australia’s best-known retailers, a family man, breeder of race horses and Chairman of Harvey Norman Holdings Limited, the owner of the iconic retail brand names: Harvey Norman®, Domayne® and Joyce Mayne®.

As retail entrepreneur, Gerry Harvey has achieved success not once but twice.  He and business partner, Ian Norman started out in 1961 to establish the Norman Ross chain of franchised complexes which, by 1982, totalled 42 throughout New South Wales and Queensland.  In 1982 Gerry and Ian Norman sold Norman Ross.

October 1982 saw Gerry and Ian start Harvey Norman with one franchised complex in Auburn, Sydney. During the next five years Gerry expanded the business to total 13 franchised complexes across New South Wales.  The company floated in 1987 and this was the springboard for massive growth.

The consolidated entity attributes its outstanding performance over the past 34 years to a successful integrated retail, franchise, property and digital system.  In recent years, Harvey Norman® has been transformed from a traditional retailer with physical-only sites to a truly omni channel service offering.  Customers want the ability to move seamlessly between digital interfaces and physical stores

Harvey Norman® provides a dependable experience whether the customer elects to “click and collect” from one of the franchised complexes in Australia, to transact online, or to visit their local franchised complex after researching online.  The Harvey Norman® “Live Chat” feature enables customers to access the knowledge of proprietors, providing all the benefits of the proprietors’ industry-leading product expertise and service standards.  The omni channel strategy leverages the extensive network of franchised complexes in Australia, positioning each one as a retail distribution centre and Harvey Norman® as a leading and efficient integrated retail distribution network.

As at 30 June 2016, there were 192 franchised complexes throughout Australia trading under 3 brand names: Harvey Norman® (168 franchised complexes), Domayne® (18 franchised complexes) and Joyce Mayne® (6 franchised complexes).  There were 85 company-operated stores located in New Zealand (38 company-operated stores), Ireland (12 company-operated stores), Northern Ireland (2 company-operated stores), Singapore (13 company-operated stores), Malaysia (14 company-operated stores), Slovenia (5 company-operated stores) and Croatia (1 company-operated store).  All company-operated stores in offshore markets trade under the Harvey Norman® brand name.

Gerry personally owns around 30 per cent of Harvey Norman Holdings Limited and his retailing genius has laid the foundations and culture that is now driving the business forward.  A major contributing factor to the success of the integrated retail, franchise, property and digital enterprise is Gerry’s retailing savvy.  He understands market trends, has the tools, the timing and the business acumen to successfully respond to demands in the marketplace.

Gerry has been quoted as saying: “I’ve never been afraid to try something new.”  It is a tribute to Gerry’s entrepreneurial spirit that he gives a good idea room to grow.  If the idea shows promise and is paying its way, he’ll provide the resources for it to bloom.  In a similar way that’s how he manages his staff.  He gives you a desk and the resources and says: “go to it”.  When staff need advice or want to chat, it’s very common for them to tap on his open office door and ask: “Do you have a minute?”  It’s rare for him to decline.  Gerry remains, despite his personal success, approachable and down-to-earth


DIRECTORS

KATIE PAGE

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Page joined Harvey Norman in 1983 and was appointed a director of Harvey Norman Holdings Limited in 1987.

Ms. Page became the Chief Executive Officer of the Company in February 1999 and has overall executive responsibility for the consolidated entity. Ms. Page is a member of the NSW Public Service Commission Advisory Board.

Ms. Page is a director of the following other listed/public companies:

  • The Retail Council
  • Trustee of the Sydney Cricket and
  • Sports Ground Trust

CHRIS MENTIS

B.Bus., FCA, FGIA, Grad Dip App Fin

Executive Director, CFO and Company Secretary

Mr. Mentis was appointed a director of
Harvey Norman Holdings Limited on 30
August 2007.

Mr. Mentis joined Harvey Norman as
Financial Controller on 15 December
1997. On 20 April 2006, he became
Chief Financial Officer and Company
Secretary. Mr. Mentis is a Fellow of the
Institute of Chartered Accountants and
a Fellow of the Governance Institute of
Australia, with extensive experience in
financial accounting. Mr. Mentis has
overall executive responsibility for the
accounting and financial matters of
the consolidated entity.

 

MICHAEL JOHN HARVEY

B.Com.

Non-Executive Director

Mr. M. Harvey joined Harvey Norman in 1987, having completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Mr. M. Harvey gained extensive experience as a Harvey Norman franchisee from 1989 to 1994. Mr. M. Harvey became a director of the Company in 1993 and was appointed Managing Director in July 1994. Mr. M. Harvey ceased to be an Executive Director and Managing Director on 30 June 1998.

 

KEN GUNDERSON-BRIGGS

B.Bus., FCA, MAICD

Non-Executive Director (Independent)

Mr. Gunderson-Briggs was appointed a director of Harvey Norman Holdings
Limited on 30 June 2003. Mr. Gunderson-Briggs is a chartered
accountant and a registered company
auditor. Mr. Gunderson-Briggs has
been involved in public practice since
1982 and a partner in a chartered
accounting firm since 1990. Mr.
Gunderson-Briggs‟ qualifications
include a Bachelor of Business from the
University of Technology, Sydney and
he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Mr.
Gunderson-Briggs was appointed
Chairman of the Remuneration
Committee on 16 December 2015 and is a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.

Mr. Gunderson-Briggs is a nonexecutive
director of Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, a company listed on the ASX. Mr. Gunderson-Briggs is the Chairman of Glenaeon Rudolph Steiner School Limited.

JOHN SLACK - SMITH

Executive Director and COO

Mr. Slack-Smith was a Harvey Norman computer franchisee between 1993 and 1999. Mr. Slack-Smith became a director of the Company on 5 February 2001. Mr. Slack-Smith has overall executive responsibility for the operations of the consolidated entity.

 

CHRISTOPHER BROWN

OAM, LL.M., FAICD, CTA

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Brown holds the degree of Master of Laws from the University of Sydney. Mr. Brown is the senior partner in Brown Wright Stein Lawyers. Brown Wright Stein Lawyers has acted as lawyers for the consolidated entity since 1982. Mr. Brown was appointed a director of the Company in 1987, when it became a listed public company. Mr. Brown is Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees and a member of the Audit Committee.

Mr. Brown is the Chairman of Windgap Foundation Limited. In 2013 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community, particularly to people with disability.

DAVID ACKERY

Executive Director

Mr. Ackery was appointed a director of
Harvey Norman Holdings Limited on 20
December 2005. Mr. Ackery has overall
executive responsibility for the
relationship between the consolidated
entity and Harvey Norman® home
appliances, home entertainment and
technology franchisees and strategic
partners.

Mr. Ackery is a director of the public
company, St. Joseph‟s College
Foundation Limited.

 

GRAHAM CHARLES PATON

AM, B.Ec., FCPA, MAICD

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Paton holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney. During his 23 years as a partner of an international chartered accounting practice, he was involved in the provision of professional services to the retail industry. He retired from public practice in July 2001. Mr. Paton is a Fellow and Life Member of CPA Australia and was the National President of that professional accounting body in 1993/1994.

In 2001 he was awarded membership of the General Division of the Order of Australia for his services to the accounting profession and for his services to the deaf community through his chairmanship of the Shepherd Centre for Deaf Children for the decade to 2001.

Mr. Paton was appointed a director of Harvey Norman Holdings Limited on 20 June 2005. Mr. Paton was also appointed as a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees on 30 June 2005 and was appointed Chairman of the Audit Committee on 9 March 2006.

Mr. Paton is an independent non- executive director of Gazal Corporation Limited, a company listed on the ASX.