Woolworths Group has named Annette Karantoni as its new Chief Supply Chain Officer and Managing Director of Primary Connect, effective February 2022.
With more than 7,500 team members across 18 distribution centres, Primary Connect runs the largest food and grocery supply chain in Australia. It offers end-to-end logistics services to Woolworths Group’s retail businesses and a growing number of external partners.
Karantoni will transition from her current role as Director of B2C e-commerce, where she has overseen the significant acceleration in e-commerce demand over the last 18 months. Woolworths’ Australian Food e-commerce sales have more than doubled since the start of the pandemic.
She has spent the last 20 years working in a variety of roles across Woolworths Group, and prior to working in e-commerce, she Karantoni led the development and investment roadmap for the Woolworths supply chain network.
Woolworths Group CEO, Brad Banducci, said Karantoni is taking on an important leadership role within the business.
“As we continue to expand our retail ecosystem, our supply chain network will be critical to both the foundations and future aspirations of our business.
“Our distribution centres are an essential link in the nation’s food and grocery supply chains and we’re continuing to invest in our network to improve range, service levels and resilience.
“Annette joins a very strong team at Primary Connect, who have demonstrated safety and service leadership throughout the pandemic. I look forward to seeing them build our next generation supply chain in the years ahead.”
Woolworths Group’s current Acting Chief Supply Chain Officer, Chris Brooks, will remain in the role until February 2022.
WooliesX Managing Director, Amanda Bardwell will continue to maintain overall responsibility for Australian Food e-commerce.