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Senior Harvey Norman Exec Quits

Former CEO of Harvey Norman Ireland, Blaine Callard, has jumped ship to rival retail group Greenlit Brands – formerly known as Steinhoff Asia Pacific.

Reported by the AFR, Callard is known for running Harvey’s Artemis Imports and Noble House Design, before moving to Ireland in 2010 to turn around the loss-making division.

Callard’s appointment is considered a major coup for Greenlit, after working at Harvey Norman for 24 years.

Published to his LinkedIn, Mr Callard is now the Chief Executive Officer of Freedom (Furniture & Homewares) Australasia, owned by Greenlit Brands.

Callard was tipped to return to Harvey Norman’s head office in a senior strategy executive role.

Some commentators predict Mr Callard could take the reins after Greenlit Brands Group CEO (and former The Good Guys chief) Michael Ford retires.

In Australia, Greenlit Brands owns retailers such as Freedom, Snooze, Fantastic Furniture, Best & Less, Snooze and Harris Scarfe.

The news comes as Greenlit Brands [Steinhoff Asia Pacific] continues to distance itself from the accounting scandal of parent company Steinhoff International.

The group inked a new financing deal with several banks late last year, following the near collapse of its parent, and is reportedly considering several options to become totally independent.

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