• Jenny Child
    Jenny Child

Oroton has revealed that it has appointed Jenny Child as its incoming CEO.

Child will replace outgoing CEO David Kesby in October. 

Child joins the brand after it has experienced significant growth under Kesby's leadership, which includes 20% like-for-like growth over FY21 and the growth of the online channel which now represents over 25% of total revenue.

With Kesby at the helm, Oroton also diversified its accessories business with the successful introduction of a luxury apparel range, which was celebrated at Australian Fashion Week in June.

Joining the brand at such a pivotal time, Child will bring her extensive global experience in retail transformations, following 14 years at McKinsey & Co. 

During her time at the firm, Child worked with retailers to put consumer-centric strategies into action, navigate disruption and use data and technology to accelerate growth. 

Speaking on her appointment, Child said she was excited to join the company and drive the next stage of growth. 

"I’m thrilled to be joining Oroton.

"What David, Sophie and the team have done in the last few years to refresh the relationship with consumers and plant new seeds in the business is truly impressive.

"The momentum in the business plus today’s digital tailwinds mean that we have a fantastic opportunity ahead of us, and I’m excited to be part of shaping Oroton’s next era of growth," she said. 

Kesby will depart the business as a friend of the brand and leadership team. 

"I was pleased to join Oroton under the ownership of Will Vicars in 2018 with a directive to rebuild the team, modernise technology and infrastructure and shift this iconic brand to an agile business with an innovative culture and a focus on the customer," Kesby commented.

"I am proud of the critical foundation work we have achieved and am leaving the business with a positive legacy and elevated trajectory.

"With a progressive digital growth strategy in place, I knew it was the right time for me to suggest a baton change.

"I look forward to the continued success of Oroton under Jenny’s stewardship," he said. 

Oroton owner Will Vicars thanked Kesby for his work and welcomed Child to the role. 

"Oroton is at a pivotal moment in its future, and to David’s credit, the business is well prepared to step into a new era.

"David reengineered Oroton from a difficult place to what it is now; a well-oiled and rebuilt team.

"He did this faster than we had expected and the company now looks forward to aggressively accelerating its online and international presence.

"With the appointment of Jenny Child into the CEO role, I am confident she will drive results to project the brand forward in today’s disruptive and fast-changing consumer environment.

"During this period of accelerating Oroton’s transformation, the Board and I believe Jenny is the ideal incoming CEO to lead Oroton’s next chapter of growth and success," he said. 

Child will step into the role in October. 

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