Coles CMO Lisa Ronson quits citing new career interests

Lisa Ronson, chief marketing officer at Coles, has announced on Linkedin her departure from the company. 

Ronson joined Coles in 2019 and worked in different sectors throughout her career including FMCG, payments, banking, retail, tourism and supermarkets. The CMO says she wants to pursue new business opportunities while also focusing on her directorships and her new position as an adjunct professor of marketing at Deakin University.

During her time working at Coles, Ronson and her team have made some achievements such as leading the digital transformation of the marketing communications, launching the Coles Media business, landing the ‘Value the Australian Way’ brand platform and  ‘Together to Zero’ sustainability platform, according to her post on Linkedin. 

“It’s with sadness today that I announce I’ve decided to move on from Coles Group to pursue a number of exciting new career interests,” Ronson wrote. 

“I would like to express my thanks for all the support and opportunities Coles has given me over the past three and half years. Being part of Coles’s success during some very challenging times and seeing the company grow into one of Australia’s most trusted brands is something I feel immensely proud to have been a part of.” 

Last month, Coles said it would create its own specialised marketing agency named “Smith Street” and Ronson is one of the board representatives. 

Ronson is leaving in late September and hasn’t revealed much about her future plans. In the meantime, Leah Weckert, the current chief executive of commercial and Coles Express, will oversee the marketing team.

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