Wednesday 13 October, 2021: Woolworths Group has appointed Annette Karantoni as its Chief Supply Chain Officer and Managing Director Primary Connect.
Primary Connect is the supply chain arm of Woolworths Group offering end-to-end logistics services to its own retail businesses and a growing number of external partners.
Currently Woolworths’ Director of B2C eCommerce, Annette will formally transition to the new role in February 2022 and also join the Woolworths Group Exco.
Woolworths Group CEO, Brad Banducci said: “We’re delighted to appoint Annette to what is an important leadership role in our business.
“Annette has done an outstanding job rapidly expanding our eCommerce business to meet the surge in demand we’ve seen for online shopping over the past 18 months.
“As we continue to expand our retail ecosystem, our supply chain network will be critical to both the foundations and future aspirations of our business.
“Our distribution centres are an essential link in the nation’s food and grocery supply chains and we’re continuing to invest in our network to improve range, service levels and resilience.
“Annette joins a very strong team at Primary Connect, who have demonstrated safety and service leadership throughout the pandemic. I look forward to seeing them build our next generation supply chain in the years ahead.”
Annette has spent the last 20 years working in a wide range of roles across Woolworths Group. Most recently, Annette has been the Director of B2C eCommerce - overseeing the significant acceleration in eCommerce demand over the last 18 months. Woolworths’ Australian Food eCommerce sales have more than doubled since the start of the pandemic.
Prior to working in eCommerce, Annette led the development and investment roadmap for the Woolworths supply chain network of the future. Annette has also held senior roles in supermarkets buying, marketing and replenishment.
Woolworths Group’s current Acting Chief Supply Chain Officer, Chris Brooks, will remain in the role until February 2022.
WooliesX Managing Director, Amanda Bardwell will continue to maintain overall responsibility for Australian Food eCommerce.
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About Primary Connect
With more than 7,500 team members across 18 distribution centres, Primary Connect runs the largest food and grocery supply chain in Australia. Working with 86 transport carriers, Primary Connect moves more than 20 million pallets of product to more than 3,000 stores each year. In addition to servicing Woolworths Supermarkets and BIG W stores, Primary Connect supports more than 1,200 external customers, including Endeavour Group, Ingham’s, Kimberly-Clark, Marley Spoon and Diageo.