Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer
On Australia Day 2010, Naomi Milgrom was awarded an AO for service to business as a leader and mentor in the fashion industry, and to the community through advisory and management roles of a wide range of arts, health and philanthropic bodies.
Naomi Milgrom has been recognised as one of Australia's top 25 business leaders, a peerless businesswoman and an outstanding entrepreneur. She is the first female recipient of the Champion of Entrepreneurship Southern Division 2009.
Ms Milgrom is the Executive Chair and CEO of the Sussan Group comprising three fashion brands - Sussan, Suzanne Grae and Sportsgirl. Under her leadership, the Sussan Group has grown to become Australia's largest privately held specialty fashion retailer with over 550 stores and more than 4,500 employees throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Ms Milgrom has won multiple awards for exemplary design in commercial and retail space. In 2009, the new Sportsgirl Sussan HQ in Richmond won two of the top Australian awards for commercial architecture – the Institute of Architects National Architect Award and the prestigious Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award for creating a unique corporate culture. In addition, Sportsgirl's Superflagship store in Bourke Street achieved an Australian first when it was awarded an international industry design commendation at the 2009 UK Retail Interior Awards. And in 2010, in another Australian first, the 'super-flagship' Sportsgirl store at Chadstone was shortlisted as a finalist in the Oracle World Retail Awards in the category Best Store Design of the Year.
Ms Milgrom has also played a pivotal public role in the promotion of the Australian retail and fashion industries, nationally and internationally. Under her leadership, the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival became the largest consumer and retail fashion event globally. She was both the first woman and the first person in the field of fashion to be invited to deliver the Batman Oration on Australia Day 2006. In 2003 Ms Milgrom was awarded the Centenary Medal for outstanding services to the fashion industry.
She is also a leader, mentor and benefactor in the arts, health, welfare, and the Jewish community, and an inspiring contributor to the world of science and education. As Chair of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art since 2005 she has propelled ACCA to its present position as the most important launching pad for young Australian contemporary artists. She served for 14 years as a board member of the Howard Florey Institute, Australia's foremost brain research institute. In 2009, Naomi made a gift for the creation of the Professor Frederick Mendelsohn Chair in Neuroscience. In 2010 she was awarded Monash University's Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award.