New South Wales
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Richard Goyder AO, Managing Director & CEO
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Westin Sydney
1 Martin Place
Category:  Business Briefing
There is no business in Australia that compares with Wesfarmers. It employs more than 200,000 people in Australia and New Zealand and straddles retail, resources, insurance, industrial safety products, plastics, fertilisers and more. From its origins in 1914 as a Western Australian farmers' cooperative, Wesfarmers has grown into one of Australia's largest listed companies.

Managing Director Richard Goyder has established a reputation as a bold and innovative leader - he was at the helm when Wesfarmers launched the biggest corporate takeover in Australia’s history, one which evoked a storm of criticism and which dramatically altered the make-up of his company.

Richard Goyder AO joined Wesfarmers in 1993 after working in various commercial roles at Tubemakers of Australia Limited. He was appointed Deputy Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Wesfarmers Limited in May 2004 and assumed the role of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 13 July 2005.

In 2007, Richard transformed Wesfarmers with the successful acquisition of the Coles Group of companies. At more than $19 billion, this purchase was, and remains, the biggest transaction in Australian corporate history. Wesfarmers is now a top 10 Australian company, it has more than 500,000 shareholders and with a workforce of more than 200,000 people is the country’s largest private sector employer.

Richard joined the Board of Wesfarmers Limited in 2002 and is a director of a number of Wesfarmers group subsidiaries. Outside of his Wesfarmers group board commitments Richard is also a member of the AFL Commission, the UWA Business School, the Business Council of Australia, and Chairman of Scotch College in Perth. Richard was appointed as Chairman of the Australian B20 (the key business advisory body to the international economic forum which includes business leaders from all G20 economies) in February 2013.
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