Board of Directors
The Board is highly experienced and its members bring a range of complementary skills. The Board members collectively have extensive experience in retail, marketing, financial management.
Solomon Lew - Chairman, Non-Executive Director
Solomon Lew became a non-executive director and Chairman of The Just Group on 22 September 2008. Mr Lew is also a non-executive director and Chairman of Premier Investments Limited.
For many years, Mr Lew has been a director of Century Plaza Investments, the largest shareholder in Premier. Mr Lew has over 40 years experience in the manufacture, importation, wholesaling and retailing of textiles, apparel and general merchandise. Mr Lew's success in the clothing industry has been largely due to his ability to read fashion trends and interpret them for the Australian market and to efficiently and cost-effectively produce quality garments.
He is the Chairman on the Mount Scopus College Foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sport and Tourism Youth Foundation, a life member of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award World Fellowship, A Patron of Opera Australia and a Chairman or director of several philanthropic organisations.
Mr Lew was a director of Coles Myer Limited from 1985 to 2002, serving as Vice Chairman from 1989, Chairman from 1991 to 1995, Executive Chairman in 1995 and Vice Chairman in 1995 and 1996. He was also a director of the Reserve Bank of Australia from 1992 to 1997.
Richard Murray - Executive Director
Richard Murray commenced as Premier Retail Chief Executive Officer on 6 September 2021 where he leads The Just Group retail brands. He was appointed to the Premier Board as Executive Director on 3 December 2021.
Richard has over 25 years’ experience in retail and finance. Prior to joining The Just Group, he held the position of Group CEO at JB Hi-Fi Limited. Richard joined JB Hi-Fi as CFO in 2003 and took the business through the IPO process. He was appointed as Group CEO of JB Hi-Fi on 1 July 2014, at the age of 38. Prior to his career at JB Hi-Fi, he was an Associate Director in the Corporate Finance Division of Deloitte. Under Richard’s leadership, the JB Hi-Fi Group became Australia’s No. 1 Consumer Electronics, Technology and Home Appliance retailer, with revenue in excess of $8 billion.
During his tenure, JB Hi-Fi’s market capitalisation grew from $1.5 billion in 2014 to circa $6 billion. In September 2016, JB Hi-Fi acquired The Good Guys for $870 million, achieving transformational strategic and financial results for the JB Hi-Fi Group.
Richard was the founding Chairman of the ARA CEO Forum and he recently retired as Inaugural Chairman of the Workplace Giving Australia Leadership Initiative, which aims to encourage Australian businesses to set up Workplace Giving Programs.
Henry Lanzer - Non-Executive Director
Henry Lanzer became a non-executive director of The Just Group on 22 September 2008.
Mr Lanzer is a Managing Partner of Arnold Bloch Leibler, a leading Australian commercial law firm. He has over 25 years experience in providing legal and strategic advice to some of Australia's leading companies. Mr Lanzer is Life Governor of the Mount Scopus College Council, President of the Mount Scopus College Foundation and a director of the TarraWarra Museum of Art and a member of the Development Committee of The Burnet Institute.
Mark Middeldorf - Non-Executive Director
Mark Middeldorf became a non-executive of The Just Group on 22 September 2008
Mark is an executive of Century Plaza Group of Companies. He has been associated with Century Plaza since 2001 with roles in relation to business analysis and investment. Prior to joining Century Plaza Mark held management positions at KPMG in London, at Grant Thornton in Johannesburg and at the ANZ Bank. Mark is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accounts in Australia and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Terry McCartney - Non-Executive Director
Terry McCartney became a Non-Executive Director of The Just Group on 4 March 2008.
Terry has had a comprehensive career in retailing spanning more than 25 years especially with the Coles Myer group culminating in his roles as Managing Director of Kmart Australia and New Zealand and Myer Grace Bros. Subsequently Terry has been involved in consultancy assignments here in Australia and overseas, for corporations including BHP Billiton and Sual Holdings, a global aluminium producer, private equity investors and expert witness submissions.
John Bryce - Chief Financial Officer
John was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Just Group in December 2016. John previously held the position of Deputy Chief Financial Officer from January 2016, after joining the Just Group as General Manager Finance in July 2013.
John has twenty years of experience in financial leadership roles across consumer branded goods in retail, manufacturing and wholesale, including Rip Curl in Australia and USA, Pacific Brands, and six years as CFO of kikki.K prior to joining the Just Group.
John is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.