Technology incubator and network Stone & Chalk today announced it has added Janine Stewart and Richard Umbers to its board as non-executive directors.
Stewart has held senior roles at CBA, Qantas and Newscorp while Umbers is the former CEO of Myer where he oversaw the company’s transition to ecommerce. Most recently Umbers worked as a Divisional Director of Buying for retail giant Kaufland in Germany.
The appointments were made today ay Stone & Chalk’s annual general meeting. The Stone & Chalk board were assisted in filling the positions by HattonNeale, a specialist board recruiter, who ran a competitive, skills-based search process.
Both Stewart and Umbers will join the board in January.
“It is a privilege to be selected to join the Stone and Chalk Board,” Stewart said in a statement today.
“Stone and Chalk is the pre-eminent organisation supporting emerging tech sectors to accelerate commercial success and is at the forefront of technology, innovation and customer experience. I look forward to being part of the team as we shape the future together.”
While at CBA Stewart oversaw significant improvements in the banking giant’s diversity strategy, more than doubling the retail division’s in three years from 14.8 percent December 2014 to 39.1 percent in December 2017.
In addition to Myer, Umbers has held the top job at StarTrack where he also led an ecommerce transition.
“I am thrilled to be able to contribute to an organisation right at the forefront of innovation in Australia. Stone and Chalk is playing an important role in the success of Australian business, leveraging technology as a driver of growth,” Umbers said.