Paul Yardley has been appointed CEO of the GNS group of companies.

Paul’s most recent role was CEO of WH Smith Australia, one of the country’s leading news, book and convenience retailers. His time in that role saw –

  • Increased earnings and market share
  • Acquisition and integration of Supanews and other businesses
  • Implementation of key retail systems including inventory controls

Previously, he worked in retail consulting roles and has developed wide experience in business transformation. Starting his career in merchant banking, he saw the light and moved into retailing as Managing Director with video game retailer GAME Australia. He has a wealth of senior executive experience and is well versed in corporate transformation. Paul and his family live in Sydney.

Paul commences with GNS on October 17th and is looking forward to working with the newsagent and stationery businesses to forge a company well positioned for the future.

Martin Hartcher