Julie Coates


Julie Coates
CEW Member

Australia & New Zealand of Goodman Fielder Limited
Managing Director

Julie Coates is currently the Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand of Goodman Fielder Limited, a leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of food products with turnover of circa $2bn. She has led a significant improvement in the operational and financial performance of Goodman Fielder's Australian operations over the last four years by re-engineering and digitising the supply chain, optimising the manufacturing platform and improving customer interface and engagement.

She was previously Managing Director of Big W from 2008-2013 during which time she led a major transformation to support the business' shift to become a multi-channel retailer and delivered an average annual EBIT of circa $190 million. Throughout this period the business had a significant strategic focus on supply chain optimisation, process improvement, inventory management and team development.

Her other senior executive appointments include Chief Logistics Officer and Human Resources Director at Woolworths and Operations Director at David Jones.

Ms Coates is currently a Non-Executive Director of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited. She was previously a Non-Executive Director of Spotless Group Holdings from January 2016 to July 2017 and a Board Member of the Australian Food & Grocery Council from 2015 to 2019.

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