By NZHJ July 09, 2019 Industry news

Just announced: Mitre 10 recruits Chris Wilesmith as new CEO.

Following an international search, Australian career retailer Chris Wilesmith (right) has just been revealed as the new Chief Executive of Mitre 10 New Zealand.

Currently ANZ MD of Supercheap Auto, the experienced retailer replaces Neil Cowie, who left Mitre 10 in February 2019 after five years in the role and is now Director at Cooperative Business New Zealand.

Mitre 10 Chairman, Martin Dippie, says he is thrilled with the appointment: “We see Chris as expertly placed to lead Mitre 10 through the exciting times ahead. Importantly, he will also be an excellent fit for our unique and special culture."

A graduate of the Australian Graduate School of Management, Chris has spent the last 12 years at Super Retail Group.

His CV also includes GM at Toys ‘R’ Us and senior management roles in merchandise and retail ops for Dick Smith and Big W.

The incoming CE says he’s excited to join Mitre 10: “It is a real honour to be offered the opportunity to join a team that has built an iconic brand that means so much to New Zealanders.

"What excites me is the Mitre 10 culture; its focus on team, community, and fascination with growing a global best practice organisation into the future for its suppliers, partners and customers to benefit from."

A keen mountaineer and cyclist, Chris Wilesmith is looking forward to moving his family to New Zealand, ready to commence his new role in early September.

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