DJs names new director

Department store David Jones has appointed a new non-executive director, following a string of management changes earlier this year.

Jane Harvey, previously a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, will stand for election as a director at the company's annual general meeting on November 23, 2012.

According to the company, Harvey has extensive business, finance and general management experience obtained through a range of line management and consulting roles across many industries and sectors.

She is a director of IOOF Holdings Limited, Medibank Private Limited, Colonial Foundation Trust and Telecommunications Industry Ombudsmen, and is also currently the chair of the Audit Committee for IOOF Holdings Limited, chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee for Medibank Private Limited and chair of the Audit Committee for the Department of Treasury and Finance Victoria.

Commenting on the company's latest addition to the board, David Jones chairman Bob Savage said Harvey's skills will be of value for the company's future direction.

"Jane's appointment to the David Jones board is part of the company's board renewal and succession program which sees the composition and skill set of the board members better reflecting the strategic direction of the company," he said.

"She brings extensive experience in business, accounting and finance to the board and her experience as the chair of a number of Audit Committees will be a valuable asset to David Jones.”

As previously reported on ragtrader.com.au, David Jones announced a cull and restructure of its head office in May this year, ahead of revealing the first stages of its digital overhaul at the time.

Following the initial announcement, the retailer has seen a number of management changes, including the departure of David Jones company secretary and general counsel Caroline Waldron, and the appointment of Susan Leppinus in her place.

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