Chairman Non-Executive Director
Mr Richards was appointed to the Board in December 2007 and was appointed Chairman of the Board on 1 June 2012. Mr Richards is a member and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee (appointed Chairman 1 June 2012) and was Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee from February 2010 until 31 May 2012. Prior to joining the Board, Mr Richards had over 25 years experience in the investment banking industry. Most recently he was with Goldman Sachs JBWere for over 19 years where he was an equity partner for 17 years, working primarily in equity capital markets. Mr Richards is also currently involved in a voluntary capacity with several not-for-profit entities.
Stephen was appointed to the Board and the Audit & Risk Management Committee in August 2016. 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 Surfstich Group Ltd.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Ms Laughton 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 of its Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee and of the Defence SA Advisory Board and its Audit & Risk Management Committee. She was a non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Sydney Ferries from 2004 to 2010, a non-executive director of Port Adelaide Maritime Corporation from 2006 to 2007, a non-executive director and member of the Audit Committee of the ASX listed Australand Property Group companies between May 2012 and October 2014, and Chair of the Audit Committee and a Non-Executive Director of CRC Care Pty Ltd from March 2012 to December 2014. Ms Laughton was appointed to the JB Hi-Fi Board in May 2011 and became Chairman of the Audit & Risk Management Committee on 1 June 2012.
After an initial management experience in underground coal mining, Mr. Powell has over 25 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, CEO of Warehouse Stationery in NZ and five years as Group CEO for The Warehouse Group, New Zealand’s largest listed retail group. This group includes Noel Leeming, NZ’s largest technology and appliances retailer. Mark was an advisor to the board of The Good Guys for 18 months prior to their acquisition by JB Hi-Fi. He is also currently on the board of NZX listed Kiwi Property Group, is an Adjunct Professor at Auckland University Business School and involved on a voluntary basis with several not-for-profit organisations.
Wai has extensive retail industry experience and knowledge gained through senior executive and board roles. Her former senior executive roles included Operations Director for Just Group and Chief Executive Officer of the Just Group sleepwear business, Peter Alexander. Prior to joining the Just Group, Wai was General Manager of Business Development for Pacific Brands. Wai was also co-founder of the Happy Lab retail confectionery concept. Wai is a non-executive director and member of the audit committee and the risk & compliance committee of Vicinity Centres, and a non-executive director of Kikki K and the Melbourne Festival. Wai’s former directorships include Speciality Fashion Group and the Melbourne Fashion Festival.
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.
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.