The changes to the senior leadership team at Coles are continuing with the supermarket giant confirming that Greg Davis is moving on from his role as Coles Liquor Director, with current General Manager of Operations, Cathi Scarce being appointed as Acting Liquor Director.

The changes have come following Wesfarmers’ announcement that it is planning to demerge the Coles Supermarket business, and that Coles Managing Director John Durkan is leaving the business, to be replaced by Steven Cain the former CEO of Supermarkets and Convenience with Wesfarmers.

Davis has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of Coles, where he will have full end-to-end responsibility for leading Coles’ supermarket Business Units, Marketing, Coles Brand, Customer Insights and Store Development teams.

“As part of our strategy to make life easier for our customers, it is important that we have exceptional individuals leading our business so that Coles is set up for success into the future,” said Durkan.

“Greg has been responsible for the successful transformation of our Liquor business, which has resulted in nine consecutive quarters of growth in comparable sales. Prior to running Coles Liquor, Greg ran our fresh food business where he also delivered outstanding success.”

Davis has been instrumental in leading the transformation of the Coles Liquor business and he said that he was incredibly proud of the work the Liquor team had delivered over the past four years.

“As part of our vision to become Australia’s favourite liquor stores we have made great progress, delivering more customers more often and lowering prices each and every year,” Davis said.

“It has been a privilege to work with the Coles Liquor team. The turnaround is on track, we have built solid foundations and have the right people and plan to deliver great results.”

Coles Liquor General Manager of Operations Cathi Scarce has been appointed Acting Liquor Director. Scarce has been with Coles for 25 years, and has led the Coles Liquor operations team for the last three years.

Davis added: “I know that in Cathi’s hands we will continue to see the Liquor business go from strength to strength.

“We are delivering our best ever customer service scores, we have reset a record number of our Liquorland stores, and we are growing our exclusive liquor brands at an impressive rate. It’s clear our strategy is working and we are in a strong position to continue our growth.”

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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