CEO Today Asia Awards 2021

CEO TODAY ASIA AWARDS 2021 Hong Kong 15 Mcleod Group CEO of DFI Retail Group About Ian Mcleod Ian McLeod is currently Group Chief Executive for the DFI Retail Group; a multi- sector retailer, based in Hong Kong operating in 10 different Asian markets, with almost 10,000 retail outlets across the group and its associated companies. Ian has over 35 years of deep retail transformation experience from around the world spending his early career with Asda in the United Kingdom and Walmart in Germany. He joined the Halfords Group in the United Kingdom in 2003 where he was appointed as Chief Executive. In 2008, he moved to Australia as Managing Director of Coles Retail Group, which had 2,200 outlets and 100,000 employees. In his leadership role at Coles, he oversaw fundamental improvements in product quality, value, operational efficiency, customer service and new store formats, as well as change in company culture. This resulted in Coles producing substantial increases in both turnover and profits, and significant market outperformance over a period of 60 consecutive quarters. Firm Profile DFI Retail Group (“Group”) is a leading pan-Asian retailer. At 30th June 2021, the Group and its associates and joint ventures operated over 10,000 outlets and employed some 230,000 team members. The Group had total annual sales in 2020 exceeding US$28 billion. The Group provides quality and value to Asian consumers by offering leading brands, a compelling retail experience and great service; all delivered through a strong store network supported by efficient supply chains. The Group (including associates and joint ventures) operates under a number of well-known brands across food, health and beauty, home furnishings, restaurants and other retailing. The Group’s parent company, Dairy Farm International Holdings Limited, is incorporated in Bermuda and has a standard listing on the London Stock Exchange, with secondary listings in Bermuda and Singapore. The Group’s businesses are managed from Hong Kong by Dairy FarmManagement Services Limited through its regional offices. DFI Retail Group is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group. Our History The story of DFI Retail Group dates back to 19th century Hong Kong, when Scottish surgeon Sir Patrick Manson and five businessmen embarked on a venture to improve the health of the Hong Kong community by breeding imported cattle locally, and to ensure a daily supply of disease-free fresh milk at an affordable price - a challenging move as the herd had to adapt to Hong Kong’s sub-tropical climate. From such modest beginnings, DFI has expanded and reinvented itself over the decades to become one of Asia’s most dynamic and reputable companies. Today, DFI is primarily into retailing with a focus on supermarkets, hypermarkets, health and beauty stores, convenience stores, home furnishings stores and restaurants. The Group commands a leadership position in many key Asian markets and has upheld its principles for quality products, business integrity and commitment to the community. Ian

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