Richard worked as a Senior Director in the Retail and Retail Financial Services industry in South Africa with nearly 30 years of experience. His most recent executive role was the Operations and Financial Services Director (COO) of Woolworths Holdings, a South African Food, Clothing and Financial Services Retailer. Richard served on the board of the operating company for 10 years and the publicly listed holding company for 7 years. His role included group accountability for Corporate Strategy, Financial Services, Global Supply Chain and Information Technology. The role included Human Resources for a number of years.
As part of his responsibilities at Woolworths, Richard has been on the boards of Woolworths Holdings, Woolworths (pty) ltd, Woolworths Finance, Woolworths Financial Services, Woolworths Computer Services, Universal Product networks, (distribution), Upfront Investments (credit card business) , Inthebag (online company) and I’Sentials (a value retailer).
Richard served as the Chairman of the Wooltru Healthcare Fund for 6 years, was a trustee of the Wooltru Pension Fund and the Chairman of MySchool, a community based loyalty scheme / company.
Outside of Woolworths Richard has served on the boards of Netactive (a publicly listed ISP) and Business Recovery Services. In addition, he served as a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa. Prior to Woolworths Richard worked in full-time roles at Edcon (Edgars stores), SPL, Rimark Consulting and Software Services.
Amongst his achievements are architecting and leading the sale of Woolworths Financial Services to Absa / Barclays in one of the largest financial services transactions in South Africa as well as leading the team who designed and built the award winning Midrand Distribution Centre, the largest of it’s kind in Africa.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has attended a Strategic Information Technology Management course at Harvard University.
Richard’s current business interests include being a founder and director of a Food by Staple, a product development company servicing the informal market, wholesale and retail channels with innovative food products. He is a senior advisor to 8 Miles plc, a pan African private equity fund, as well as being a founder and director of Cafeine Retail, a South African retail consulting company.