Godfreys Management Team

 

Jason Gowie

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Jason Gowie

Jason was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director on 4 December 2017.

Jason has over 25 years’ leadership experience across the financial services, retail and health sectors. He has considerable experience shaping customer focused businesses and leading cultural change.

Prior to joining Godfreys, Jason was Managing Director & CEO of My Home GP, Divisional General Manager - Sales and Service at Medibank and Managing Director Australia & New Zealand at Oticon Australia Pty Ltd. He has also held senior sales and marketing roles with Bupa Australia, GE Capital, RACV and the Bank of New Zealand.

Jason completed his MBA with Monash University’s Mt Eliza Business School in 2002.

 

 

Andrew Ford

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Ford

Andrew Ford joined Godfreys in January 2017 after holding senior finance roles at ASX listed entities SKILLED Group Limited, Bluescope Steel Limited and Smorgon Steel Limited. Prior to that Andrew worked at Deloitte for over 10 years.

Andrew is a Chartered Accountant (CA) with extensive experience in finance, operations, accounting, treasury, tax, risk management, investor relations, M&A transactions and strategy development.

 

Mari Ruiz

Chief People and Culture Officer

Mari Ruiz

Mari is Chief People and Culture Officer for the Godfreys Group. In this role, Mari is responsible for driving our People and Culture initiatives including Recruitment, Training & Development, Remuneration & Benefits, Payroll and Internal Communications.

Mari has over 25 years’ experience in HR Leadership during which time she has led significant cultural change programs across a number of organisations. Most recently Mari held the position of Chief People & Culture Officer at BankVic and in 2017, after driving a successful cultural transformation program, she won the CEO Magazine HR Leader of the Year, the Australian Human Resources Institute's Dave Ulrich HR Leader Award, and her team were finalists for The Australian HR Awards Team of the Year (

 

 

Cat Parker

Chief Customer Officer

Cat Parker

Cat is the Chief Customer Officer for the Godfreys Group. In this role, Cat is responsible for strengthening the position of key brands, driving improvements in customer experience based on deep customer insights, building our digital and social footprint, and accelerating revenue growth from our eCommerce platforms.

Cat has almost two decades of experience in Retail eCommerce, Digital Transformation, Data and Analytics, Customer Experience, Customer Lifecycle Management and IT, from the USA and Asia Pacific markets. This has included executive leadership roles managing multi-divisional teams for Fortune 500 and blue-chip companies, including Goodyear, Wendy's, Toys "R" Us and eBay. Cat also worked for Platinum Equity as the Founder and GM, Digital and eCommerce of Found Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Sensis. In addition, she is a Non-Executive Director with Board level appointments at technology start-ups.

 

 

Stephen Bennetts

Chief Product Officer

Stephen Bennetts

Stephen is the Chief Product Officer for the Godfreys Group. In this role he is responsible for all aspects of product, including design, engineering, quality assurance, sourcing, inventory management, service and repairs.

Stephen joined the Godfreys team in March 2016 as the GM of Merchandising, bringing over 30 years retail experience working with major retailers such as Target and Big W in a variety of roles including Store Manager, Area Manager and Buyer. Prior to joining Godfreys, Stephen excelled in Senior Buying roles, most notably in the Toys & Leisure and Homewares divisions over some 8 years with Target Australia.

Moving into the Chief Product Officer role, Stephen will continue to evolve our product range in line with changing consumer preferences to help drive the future growth of the business in this key portfolio.

 

 

Michael Owen

General Manager Retail

Jason Gowie

Michael is General Manager, Retail for the Godfreys Group. In this role, he is responsible for the overall sales and training through retail stores in Australia and New Zealand.

Michael is an experienced retailer with over 25 years of success in electrical retailing. Michael’s career has spanned multiple roles in retail, from front line Sales to Account Management and Area Management. After being promoted to State Manager, NSW, he grew the State through strong performances against all KPI’s. During his time at Godfreys, Michael has demonstrated an ability to develop strong management teams and has consistently delivered strong results.

Michael was appointed General Manager - Retail in August 2016, bringing a strong retail selling focus to the team, and is key in driving an in-depth Training and Development culture.

 

 

Des Carroll

General Manager Franchise

Des Carroll

Des is General Manager, Franchise for the Godfreys Group. In this role he is responsible for the overall support, operations and performance of the Franchise Network throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Joining the Godfreys team in June 2017, Des has an extensive career in retail and franchising. Prior to joining Godfreys, Des worked with major retailers such as Priceline and Spotlight in senior management roles, and most recently with Clark Rubber Franchising as General Manager Sales and Operations.

Des is a results driven and customer focused business leader, with broad experience across all aspects of retail and franchise operations.