The Board

Stephen Goddard
Chairman, Non-Executive Director

Stephen was appointed to the Board in August 2016 and became Chairman on 1 July 2020. Stephen is also the Chair of the Company’s Remuneration & Nominations Committee and was a member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee until 30 June 2020. Stephen has more than 30 years’ retail experience having held senior executive positions with some of Australia’s best known retailers. These include Finance Director and Operations Director for David Jones, founding Managing Director of Officeworks, and various senior management roles with Myer. Stephen is currently a non-executive director of GWA Group Limited and was previously a non-executive director and chair of the Audit & Risk Management Committees of Pacific Brands and Surfstitch Group Ltd.

Beth Laughton
Non-Executive Director

Beth was appointed to the JB Hi-Fi Board in May 2011, became Chair of the Audit & Risk Management Committee in June 2012 and is also a member of the Company’s Remuneration & Nominations Committee. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Beth spent over 25 years in corporate finance, providing mergers and acquisition advice and arranging equity funding for companies in a range of industries including specialty retail. For 12 years her primary focus was on information technology, telecommunications and entertainment. She is also a member of the Board of GPT Funds Management Limited and Chair of its Audit, Compliance & Risk Management Committee and a non-executive director of Shopping Centres Australasia Property Group RE Limited and Shopping Centres Australasia Property Holding Pty Ltd. Beth was previously a member of the Defence SA Advisory Board and its Audit & Risk Management Committee, a non-executive director of Port Adelaide Maritime Corporation, a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committee of both Sydney Ferries and CRC Care Pty Ltd, and a non-executive director and member of the Audit Committee of the ASX listed Australand Property Group companies.

Mark Powell
Non-Executive Director

Mark was appointed to the Board in March 2017 and is a member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee and the Remuneration & Nominations Committee. Mark has over 30 years’ executive experience in retail, logistics and wholesale distribution in the UK, Spain, North America, Australia and New Zealand. This includes being UK Logistics Operations Director for Tesco Plc, running Wal-Mart Canada’s logistics operations and CEO of Warehouse Stationery in NZ. Mark also spent five years as Group CEO for The Warehouse Group, the NSX listed retail group which includes Noel Leeming, NZ’s largest technology and appliances retailer. He was an advisor to the board of The Good Guys for 18 months prior to its acquisition by JB Hi-Fi. Mark is currently a non-executive director and member of the Audit and Risk Committee of NZX listed Kiwi Property Group Limited. He is also involved on a voluntary basis on the boards of several not-for-profit organisations.

Richard Uechtritz
Non-Executive Director

Mr Uechtritz has over 20 years experience in retailing. He was co-founder of Australia’s two leading photo chains, Rabbit Photo and Smiths Kodak Express. He was also a Director of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd. Mr Uechtritz led the management buy-in of JB Hi-Fi in July 2000 and was CEO and Managing Director until his resignation from these positions in May 2010. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Seven Group Holdings Limited. Mr Uechtritz rejoined the JB Hi-Fi Board in April 2011.

Melanie Wilson
Non-Executive Director

Melanie was appointed to the Board on 3 June 2020 and is a member of the Audit & Risk Management Committee. Melanie gained extensive experience in senior management roles across global retail brands, including Woolworths (Head of Online, Big W and Manager, Strategy Group), Limited Brands (Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Bodyworks, New York), Starwood Hotels (New York), and Diva/Lovisa. Her retail experience includes online/e-commerce, store operations, merchandise systems, marketing, brand development and logistics/fulfilment.  Prior to her retail experience, Melanie held roles with Bain & Company (Boston) and Goldman Sachs (Hong Kong/Sydney) and completed an MBA at Harvard Business School. Melanie is currently also a non-executive director of Baby Bunting Group Ltd, iSelect Limited, EML Payments Ltd and Property Guru Group (Singapore), and was previously a non-executive director of Shaver Shop Group Limited.

Richard Murray
Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Richard is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in retail and finance. Mr Murray joined JB Hi-Fi as CFO in 2003 and took the business through the IPO process. Prior to this Richard was an Associate Director, in the Corporate Finance Group of Deloitte. Richard was appointed to the Board of JB Hi-Fi in June 2012 and became CEO on 1 July 2014. He is currently Chairman of the Australian Charities Fund Employee Leadership Initiative, which aims to encourage Australian businesses to set up Workplace Giving Programs. To date JB Hi-Fi’s workplace giving program, Helping Hands, has 70% staff participation and has raised over $10m for its charity partners.

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