Thursday, June 20, 2024

2016 Joe Berry Award winner

Clementine Churchill of Campbell Arnotts has won the 30th annual Joe Berry Australian Retail Industry Executive Award, presented at Sydney’s Doltone House yesterday (June 23).

Ms Churchill was awarded the prestigious prize for her essay on new product development and innovation. The work focused on changing and driving real category growth through NPD and other innovation, and explored whether manufacturers should test products through direct marketing before retail presentation.

On winning the award, Ms Churchill thanked her friends, family, Campbell Arnotts and all those who helped her through the Joe Berry Awards process.

Entrants were asked to submit a 2,500-word essay that would prove their industry savviness. The judges were looking for punchy and informative work when selecting six finalists. Ms Churchill was chosen as the winner following a presentation to the judging panel. She now has the opportunity to join an escorted tour of the world’s major retail markets, including Paris, London, New York, Milan and Hong Kong, or can be supported in tertiary education.

The other finalists were Summy Chung (Allied Mills), Mike Cullerne (Campbell Arnotts), Rita Pong (Woolworths), Devinka Seneviratne (Metcash) and Todd Graham (3M Australia).

Guest speaker at the event was Penny Winn, Chair of Port Waratah Coal Services, who has had an acclaimed 30-year career in retail. She spoke about her life in the retailing business and drew attention to the need for increased and more effective diversity in the industry.

Further details of the event, along with Ms Churchill’s essay in full, will be published in the August issue of Retail World.

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