Board of Directors
Gerry Harvey is an entrepreneur, one of Australia’s best-known retailers, a family man, breeder of race horses and Chairman of Harvey Norman Holdings Limited, the owner of the iconic retail brand names: Harvey Norman®, Domayne® and Joyce Mayne®.
As retail entrepreneur, Gerry Harvey has achieved success not once but twice. He and business partner, Ian Norman started out in 1961 to establish the Norman Ross chain of franchised complexes which, by 1982, totalled 42 throughout New South Wales and Queensland. In 1982 Gerry and Ian Norman sold Norman Ross.
October 1982 saw Gerry and Ian start Harvey Norman with one franchised complex in Auburn, Sydney. During the next five years Gerry expanded the business to total 13 franchised complexes across New South Wales. The company floated in 1987 and this was the springboard for massive growth.
The consolidated entity attributes its outstanding performance over the past 34 years to a successful integrated retail, franchise, property and digital system. In recent years, Harvey Norman® has been transformed from a traditional retailer with physical-only sites to a truly omni channel service offering. Customers want the ability to move seamlessly between digital interfaces and physical stores
Harvey Norman® provides a dependable experience whether the customer elects to “click and collect” from one of the franchised complexes in Australia, to transact online, or to visit their local franchised complex after researching online. The Harvey Norman® “Live Chat” feature enables customers to access the knowledge of proprietors, providing all the benefits of the proprietors’ industry-leading product expertise and service standards. The omni channel strategy leverages the extensive network of franchised complexes in Australia, positioning each one as a retail distribution centre and Harvey Norman® as a leading and efficient integrated retail distribution network.
As at 30 June 2018, there were 195 franchised complexes throughout Australia trading under 3 brand names: Harvey Norman® (169 franchised complexes), Domayne® (20 franchised complexes) and Joyce Mayne® (6 franchised complexes). There were 89 company-operated stores located in New Zealand (39 company-operated stores), Ireland (13 company-operated stores), Northern Ireland (2 company-operated stores), Singapore (13 company-operated stores), Malaysia (16 company-operated stores), Slovenia (5 company-operated stores) and Croatia (1 company-operated store). All company-operated stores in offshore markets trade under the Harvey Norman® brand name.
Gerry personally owns around 30 per cent of Harvey Norman Holdings Limited and his retailing genius has laid the foundations and culture that is now driving the business forward. A major contributing factor to the success of the integrated retail, franchise, property and digital enterprise is Gerry’s retailing savvy. He understands market trends, has the tools, the timing and the business acumen to successfully respond to demands in the marketplace.
Gerry has been quoted as saying: “I’ve never been afraid to try something new.” It is a tribute to Gerry’s entrepreneurial spirit that he gives a good idea room to grow. If the idea shows promise and is paying its way, he’ll provide the resources for it to bloom. In a similar way that’s how he manages his staff. He gives you a desk and the resources and says: “go to it”. When staff need advice or want to chat, it’s very common for them to tap on his open office door and ask: “Do you have a minute?” It’s rare for him to decline. Gerry remains, despite his personal success, approachable and down-to-earth.
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Page joined Harvey Norman in 1983 and was appointed
a director of Harvey Norman Holdings Limited in 1987. Ms. Page became the Chief Executive Officer of the Company
in February 1999 and has overall executive responsibility
for the consolidated entity.
Ms. Page is a director of the following other listed/public companies:
Trustee of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust
On 30 July 2018 Ms Page was appointed as an independent member of the Place Management NSW Board.
Executive Director, CFO and Company Secretary
Mr. Mentis was appointed a director of Harvey Norman Holdings Limited on30 August 2007.
Mr. Mentis joined Harvey Norman as Financial Controller on 15 December 1997. On 20 April 2006, he became Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary. Mr. Mentis is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, with extensive experience in financial accounting. Mr. Mentis has overall executive responsibility for the accounting and financial matters of the consolidated entity