Rob Scott, Managing Director of Wesfarmers
Wesfarmers Managing Director - Rob Scott
Please join us as we hear from Managing Director of Wesfarmers, Rob Scott, who will discuss his approach to leading Australia’s largest diversified conglomerate, and his thoughts on the dynamic markets in which Australian business operates.
Rob’s first stint at Wesfarmers began 25 years ago, the same year that Business News began, and after spending time in investment banking he re-joined the company in 2004 and has since held a range of senior executive roles including Finance Director of Coles and Managing Director of Wesfarmers’ Insurance Division. He was appointed - eighth Managing Director of Wesfarmers in its 104 year history, at the company’s AGM in November 2017.
After his first year in the role he will give an update on his key priorities, including the demerger of Coles, a once-in-a-decade repositioning of the Wesfarmers portfolio. Rob will also discuss his key focus areas to deliver long-term business success; ensuring Wesfarmers nurtures great teams & talent, encourages entrepreneurial initiative, and builds on existing data & digital capability. He will touch on the importance of ensuring policy settings that provide a level playing field for Australian businesses competing in increasingly global markets, and will discuss the Wesfarmers approach to creating value for all stakeholders.
About Wesfarmers Limited
From its origins in 1914 as a Western Australian farmers' cooperative, Wesfarmers has grown into one of Australia's largest listed companies. With headquarters in Western Australia, its diverse business operations cover: supermarkets, liquor, hotels and convenience stores; home improvement; office supplies; department stores; and an industrials division with businesses in chemicals, energy and fertilisers, industrial and safety products and coal.
Wesfarmers is one of Australia's largest private sector employers with around 220,000 employees and has a shareholder base of approximately 530,000.