Woolworths Group appoints Major Join MD

Woolworths Group has appointed Annette Karantoni as Chief Supply Chain Officer and Managing Director Primary Connect.

Annette Karantoni from the Woolworths Group.

Primary Connect is the supply chain arm of the Woolworths Group, providing end-to-end logistics services for their own retail businesses and a growing number of external partners.

Ms. Karantoni, currently Director of B2C eCommerce at Woolworths, will officially transfer to the new role in February 2022 and will also join the Woolworths Group Executive Committee.

Brad Banducci, CEO of Woolworths Group, said, “We are delighted to have Annette in an important leadership role in our business.

“Annette has done an excellent job growing our e-commerce business quickly to meet the increasing demand for online shopping over the past 18 months.

“As we continue to expand our retail ecosystem, our supply chain network will be critical to both the fundamentals and the future aspirations of our business.

“Our distribution centers are an integral part of the country's food and grocery supply chains and we continue to invest in our network to improve range, service levels and resilience.

“Annette joins a very strong team at Primary Connect that has demonstrated safety and service leadership throughout the pandemic. I look forward to seeing them build our next generation supply chain in the years to come. "

Ms. Karantoni has worked in the Woolworths Group in a variety of roles for the past 20 years. Most recently, she was Director of B2C eCommerce and oversaw the significant acceleration in eCommerce demand over the past 18 months.

"Woolworths' Australian food e-commerce sales have more than doubled since the pandemic began."

Prior to joining e-commerce, Ms. Karantoni led the development and investment roadmap for the Woolworths supply chain network. She also held senior positions in purchasing, marketing, and replenishment in supermarkets.

The current acting Chief Supply Chain Officer of the Woolworths Group, Chris Brooks, will remain in this position until February 2022.

WooliesX CEO Amanda Bardwell will continue to have overall responsibility for Australian grocery e-commerce.

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