Myer seems to be up to its old tricks, building a nice, comfortable, clubby
feeling in the boardroom, now there’s a bit of performance under the belt and
the near disaster of three or four years ago is just a

retailer, which yesterday reported an indifferent result with a 1.6% growth in
net earnings (on just a lacklustre growth in
earnings before interest and tax) today appointed a new director.

Hutchinson has no retail experience whatsoever (although there’s a couple of
experienced retailer hands on the board already), but she’s an experienced
company director, numbering Telstra as one of her boards, and

Telstra, she shares the board with John Fletcher, the CEO of Coles Myer, making
the retailer’s boardroom a sort of Telstra outpost and giving it a Melbourne clubbish atmosphere.

on the board of Telstra would be a tough gig at the best of times, let
alone now, so you have to ask whether she and Fletcher can do justice to both

In fact,
Telstra announced Friday morning that its much
anticipated review, due to be released late next month, will be delayed and not
seen until mid-November.

hope that the delay is due to the complexity of the task and not some hiccup on
the board.

Coles Myer, Mr Fletcher is already
having to drive the sale of the poorly performing Myer Department stores,
and the new five year strategic review.

So he’s a lot on his plate. Ms Hutchinson now adds the Myer disposal and review to
her plate. Let’s
hope that there are no problems for her other main board, QBE.

how about grappling with the impact of Hurricane Katrina and possibly the next
one, Rita, this weekend?

Peter Fray

Save up to 50% on a year of Crikey.

This extraordinary year is almost at an end. But we know that time waits for no one, and we won’t either. This is the time to get on board with Crikey.

For a limited time only, choose what you pay for a year of Crikey.

Save up to 50% or dig deeper so we can dig deeper.

See you in 2021.

Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey

SAVE 50%