Andrea Slingsby has been appointed chief operating officer for Australia and New Zealand by jewellery retailer Michael Hill International. The jewellery retailer is in the midst of a complete internal overhaul aimed at refocussing its business on its sales and internal design capabilities as well as its digital strategies after a disastrous fiscal 2018, which saw profits plunging 86 percent.
Slingsby, who has been working with Michael Hill on a contractual basis since August 2018, has previously been managing director, chief executive and a member of the board of a raft of Australian private and public businesses as well as being president and CEO for North America of Flight Centre, officially took up her new role on January 9.
Michael Hill Chief Executive Daniel Bracken commented, “Andrea’s unique experience in people-focused fast-growing companies, business model improvements and operational excellence is a major benefit for Michael Hill as we implement our strategy to become a globally relevant leader in the premium jewellery category.”
Michael Hill chair of the board Emma Hill said, “To meet growing demands for personalisation, meaning and self expression we are evolving into a design led jewellery retailer, where our product is unique and beautifully designed with our customers in mind. We will tailor and personalise communications and better integrate our online and in-store experience. The board has approved significant investment in digital infrastructure and capability to deliver this strategy.”