Caltex names new head of expanding retail business

Following a global search, Richard Pearson has been appointed to the role of Executive General Manager Convenience Retail at Caltex.

Mr Pearson has had an extensive career spanning leadership roles in the UK and Australia at prominent FMCG organisations such as Procter & Gamble and United Biscuits, as well as retailers including the ASDA supermarket network and Coles.

At Coles, Mr Pearson’s responsibilities encompassed retail operations including Coles Express, merchandising, marketing and strategy. He was most recently a member of the executive team leading Coles’ complex supply chain.

Announcing the appointment, Caltex said Mr Pearson had a track record in disruptive business models with a focus on fresh food and working with local producers, which was important in his selection for the role.

“Richard Pearson takes on the role of Executive General Manager Convenience Retail at a key time in Caltex’s expansion into the convenience market, and joins a growing team of retail talent to drive the strategy and deliver a better and more convenient option to customers,” Caltex Managing Director and CEO Julian Segal said.

Caltex’s February 2017 launch of The Foodary and partnerships with fresh-food providers, such as Nashi, Sumo Salad, Boost Juice and Guzman Y Gomez, have underpinned the company’s ‘freedom of convenience’ strategy outlined by Mr Segal.

“Each week, we serve more than three million customers throughout Australia who are looking for options to make life more convenient, which led us to rethink and reinvent convenience,” he said.

“We recognise that our strategy requires the right talent to both develop and deploy the right offering for our customers, so we’re delighted to welcome Richard to the retail team at Caltex.”

Mr Pearson will start his new role at Caltex on August 1.

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