Paul Zahra appointed Global Creative Catalyst with QUT Creative Enterprise Australia

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) today announced the appointment of Global Retail Advisor and former David Jones Limited CEO and Managing Director, Paul Zahra, to the role of Global Creative Catalyst.
The backing of Mr Zahra, as a prominent figure in Australia’s retail and fashion industry, is a strategic move for CEA – Australia’s only incubator, accelerator and startup fund dedicated to accelerating the growth of companies in the creative industries.

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Paul Zahra appointed PwC Global Retail Advisor

PwC Australia has recruited former CEO and Managing Director of David Jones Limited, Paul Zahra as Global Retail Advisor to add fuel to its growing retail and consumer practice.
Speaking about the appointment, PwC Australia's Retail and Consumer Practice Leader, Chris Paxton, said: "We're absolutely delighted to have Paul joining the team. Our Australian practice has grown over 30 percent in the past year as we continue to support our clients to transform as a result of continued disruption, rapid acceleration of digital technology and changing customer expectations.

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Paul Zahra Named Chair of The Pinnacle Foundation

Paul Zahra, director of PwC’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, has been named Chair of The Pinnacle Foundation. Zahra’s appointment will have an immediate focus on adding new board members to enhance the Foundation’s national scholarship and mentorship programs, aimed to empower marginalised and disadvantaged 16-24 year-old Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) students to complete their studies.

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7 reasons retail can still rock

Rumours about the death of Australian retail have been greatly exaggerated in recent years. In fact, most of the vital signs for local retail are looking healthy - healthier than they have been for some time.

For a start, the worst trading environment in retail for over 25 years is largely behind us, we have a much lower Australian dollar and as a result higher net inbound tourism is buoying the domestic market.

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Lessons startups can take from traditional retailers

When I took the helm as CEO and Managing Director of David Jones Limited five years ago, traditional retailers were a little on the nose. It didn’t take much for anyone to start an online business, and many Australians did. Some customers felt that walking into a store was a little archaic and the talk of the town was all about online shopping. Some predicted the local store was dead.

At this time, the Australian dollar and net outbound tourism was at a high and consumer confidence was an all time low. Australian consumers discovered that they could shop offshore and pay a lower price (and additionally avoid the GST). The digital disruption hit hard and most traditional retailers were simply unprepared. As a traditional retailer, I called this time ‘the perfect storm’.

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How workforce diversity can empower your business.

When I was appointed CEO and Managing Director of a major listed company five years ago, I was the only CEO on the ASX 200 that identified publicly as a gay man. Surprised? I had no gay role model in the corporate world.

Being openly gay and publicly talking about what was seen as ‘gay issues’ like marriage equality was generally seen to be a career impediment.

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5 Ways Retail is Changing.

The changes sweeping through the retail sector in the last decade have been profound and revolutionary. The retail industry is fast becoming global. Traditional mum and dad retail stores have all but disappeared. The retail giants of old have become lean, mean omni-channel enterprises and our new retail icons are bold, young digital natives with their eyes firmly focused on offshore opportunities.

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Paul Zahra Resigns as CEO & Managing Director of David Jones

This morning I announced my resignation as CEO and Managing Director of David Jones Limited, effective immediately.

The strong financial performance of the business, along with the recent change in ownership, has created a natural exit point for me in my role as CEO. To assist with the Company’s transition under new ownership and management, I have agreed to stay on as an advisor to the Board and Management for the next three months.

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