Woolworths has appointed Steve Donohue as Chief Executive Officer (elect) and Colin Storrie as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer (elect) of Endeavour Group.
Woolworths Group Chairman Gordon Cairns said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Steve and Colin to the key roles within Endeavour Group, subject to the Board approving the demerger of Endeavour Group.
“Both Steve and Colin are highly experienced executives and have held key leadership roles across Woolworths Group in food, drinks and hospitality. With their in-depth knowledge of the industry and deep understanding of the business, they’re ideally placed to oversee the next phase of growth for Endeavour Group, while also sustaining and building on our existing partnership.”
Donohue has held a broad range of roles across the drinks business, starting as a store manager in Dan Murphy’s as a 19 year old and progressing into senior buying, merchandising and marketing roles in Dan Murphy’s, BWS and Endeavour Drinks. He also held the role of Director of Buying and Merchandising for Woolworths Supermarkets prior to taking on the role of Managing Director, Endeavour Drinks.
Storrie joined Woolworths Group in 2015 as Group Deputy CFO and from July 2016 he was appointed Managing Director, Group Portfolio Businesses. During this time, he also served on the boards of ALH Group Pty Ltd and the Quantium Group. Prior to this, Storrie held group treasurer, deputy chief financial officer and chief financial officer positions at both Qantas Airways Limited and AMP Limited.
Both roles are subject to completion of all relevant regulatory approvals and will only take effect if the Woolworths Group Board approves the demerger of Endeavour Group. Until then, Donohue and Storrie will continue in their current roles.
In December, Peter Hearl, an experienced ASX 50 Director and global leader in the hospitality and food & beverage sector, was named as the proposed Chairman-elect of Endeavour Group.