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Catch Group names new advisory board

Australian e-commerce giant Catch Group has appointed an advisory board and revealed a refreshed leadership team in preparation for aggressive growth in 2017.

The company, which owns and operates CatchoftheDay, Scoopon, GroceryRun, Mumgo, recently acquired childrenswear clothing retailer Pumpkin Patch.

Catch Group CEO Nati Harpaz outlined the company’s evolving growth strategy around exclusive brands only available to Catch customers. The company is looking to make strategic acquisitions to fast track its move into new categories as well as forge partnerships with new suppliers.

The advisory board will play a pivotal role in supporting this repositioning and guiding the company’s long-term strategy, especially regarding M&A deals.

The board comprises Quentin Miller, who will support with M&A negotiations strategy; John Joyce, who brings extensive retail experience and expertise to guide business strategy; and Andrew Baxter, who brings extensive experience in media, advertising and branding.

Other new appointments to the group leadership team include Ryan Gracie, head of marketing; Adam Kron, head of commercial strategy, Mark Gray, head of marketplace, Ivan Tragkoviski, head of customer experience and Manik Godhwani, head of product.

Commenting on the appointments, Harpaz said: “The new appointments continue to consolidate the leadership of our organisation and ready Catch Group for its next period of growth.

“Since the employment of the new team, Catch Group has experienced exponential growth in both top line and gross margins. In fact, we are already seeing significant 15 per cent year on year growth in gross margins.”

Nati Harpaz is the chairman of Octomedia, the parent company of Internet Retailing.

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Warwick Peel

April 6, 2017 at 1:30 pm

This sure did CATCH my eye. When the advertising and digital industry is meant to be at the forefront of progress, and the metrics would say that women and females do most of the online buying, an Advisory Board with an ALL MALE PANEL is so 1980s. Hmm? Or is this some sort of savvy ‘wicket keeper’ campaign, we got “caught behind”?

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Martin McGloin

June 6, 2017 at 5:51 pm

Obviously the guys behind the start up are quite good at what they do.Their progress so far is testament to their intuitiveness in decision making.Surely the choice of the best person for the position should not be based on sex just for the sake of it.Is this not what you are saying?If it resembles something thoooo eighties ,so be it.Everything I have followed so far with this Company has been so correctly interpretive of where the market is going for a percentage of customers.All success to you and keep kicking goals!

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Linda Barrett

December 5, 2017 at 1:31 pm

I looked at the photo – and had to look twice – an executive leadership team made up entirely of men ! And managing a product suite catering to a predominantly female target market. I cannot imagine this would be a great place to work as a female and, as a consumer, I am alarmed by the clear gender bias that this photo portrays.

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