Ampol has announced the appointment of Kate Thomson as its new Executive General Manager, Retail Australia.

Thomson has been appointed to replace Joanne Taylor, who has resigned following six years with Ampol, to take up the position of Managing Director, Compass Group.

Matt Halliday, Ampol Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, said that Thomson is a highly experienced retail operations leader who has been with Ampol since 2019.

During this time, she has held roles including General Manager, Retail Operations and Head of Retail Excellence, and has successfully led the business through a period of significant transformation.

“I’m pleased to see Kate stepping up to the role of Executive General Manager for our Australian retail business, recognising the significant role she has played in the delivery of our convenience retail growth strategy over the past three years,” says Halliday.

“Her achievements have included managing our transition to company operations, navigating the business through the challenges created by COVID-19, and supporting the revitalisation of Ampol across our network.

“Kate has consistently delivered operational excellence and strong risk management to the team and has successfully built sustainable structures and governance across risk, safety, and environmental management, while leading the field operations team.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with Kate to build on the excellent momentum we have on the execution of our convenience retail growth strategy as we put the foundations in place to serve and power our customers both today and tomorrow.”

Prior to joining Ampol, Thomson held senior roles at leading consumer brands, including General Manager, Mobile Lending with ANZ Banking Group and in various operational roles with McDonald’s Australia.

“I’m really excited to step into this new role with Ampol,” she said. “As we seek to evolve our retail offering to support the changing needs of customers and leverage the growing convenience market, I see a significant opportunity for Ampol.

“With our iconic Australian brand, over 6,000 fantastic retail employees, a national network across key demand centres and our push into clean mobility, I look forward to executing our growth strategy in the years ahead.”

Halliday went on to thank outgoing Executive GM, Retail, Taylor, for her “incredible contribution to Ampol over the past five years.

“She has been an invaluable member of Ampol’s leadership team during a time of change and transformation at Ampol and has helped put the foundations in place for success in our retail business over the long term. We wish Jo all the best in her new role.”

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