Coles Myer has appointed Warren Flick as its new chief operating officer (COO) for its Apparel and Home, and for Myer Grace Bros.
Reporting to CEO Dennis Eck, 56-year-old Flick is a director of US e-commerce developer I-Storm as well as the e-Save Network - a developing Internet marketing platform for international consumer brands.
Flick has been working as a consultant for Coles Myer in a review of the company's non-food businesses, handing down his report in September.
"Warren has an impressive CV," Eck said in a statement. "He is the former president and chief operating officer of US Kmart stores and a member of Kmart's board of directors."
Flick has also held executive positions at Sears in the US and Mexico, and is the director of footwear company Stride Rite. Flick leaves his role at Warren Flick Associates, the investment and consultancy firm he founded last year, to take up the role at Coles Myer.
Coles Myer's general manager of corporate affairs, Greg Every, said the company would almost certainly use Flick's e-commerce experience in the future. "Warren has a very broad background and we would consider using his skills wherever the company can gain benefit, once his initial brief has been completed," Every said.
One of the reasons for Flick's appointment is his broad retail experience, he said. "He not only has skills in IT, he also has exposure to department store retailing with Sears and Kmart," Every said.
Most of the company's e-commerce strategies have been developed in-house. Earlier this year, it bought the Australia and New Zealand rights to use Peapot software in the development of its home shopping sites.
The company is also a member of online buying group Global Net Exchange and market exchange CoreProcure, although most of its business is still done through traditional channels.
"At the moment we are still buying through traditional sources, but the capabilities [for online procurement] already exist," Every said.