Board & Management
Ross B Lane – Interim Chief Executive Officer
Ross Lane was appointed as Interim CEO on 11th April, 2017 and continues to serve as Non-Executive Director on the OrotonGroup board. Ross Lane is the 3rd generation of the Oroton founding family and has held various positions within the consolidated entity over the past 22 years, including holding the position of Managing Director of OrotonGroup Limited from 1996 to 2006 and Chairman from 2006 to 2013. In addition to his time with OrotonGroup, Ross has gained broad retail experience from active participation in the successful growth of a number of other retail businesses.
John P Schmoll – Non Executive Chairman
Mr Schmoll completed his executive career on his retirement in 2002 as Chief Financial Officer of Coles Myer Ltd. Prior to this he held senior corporate and professional roles in Australia and South Africa including Arthur Young and Edgars Stores Ltd (South Africa's largest apparel and home wares retailer). Since his retirement he has accepted various non-executive director positions and undertaken some executive coaching roles. Accordingly, he brings to OrotonGroup over 35 years of experience in finance, investor relations, information technology and corporate governance, primarily in the distribution and financial sectors. John is also a member of the Audit Committee and People and Organisation Committee.
Maria Martin - Non Executive Director
Maria Martin is an experienced business person and chartered accountant and was previously a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 15 years. She has extensive audit, advisory and transactional experience across a variety of clients and industries including retail and consumer goods. Maria is an independent non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of amaysim Australia Limited. Maria is also Chair of the OrotonGroup Audit Committee and Chair of the OrotonGroup People and Organisation Committee.
OrotonGroup Leadership Team
Vanessa De Bono – Chief Financial and Operating Officer | Company Secretary
Vanessa was appointed as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of the OrotonGroup in April 2015. Vanessa has over 23 years experience in senior financial positions in the Luxury apparel and accessories industry, including 5 years international experience in Asian markets. She started her career with Pricewaterhouse in Australia before moving to L’Oreal Luxury Group Australia where she held the position of General Manager Finance & Administration. Recently she spent 11 years with Louis Vuitton, initially as Finance Director of Louis Vuitton Oceania and her last position was Chief Financial Officer of Louis Vuitton China.
Bronwyn Sherratt - Group Human Resources Director
Bronwyn joined OrotonGroup in September 2003 and held various roles across the HR function before being appointed Group HR Manager in October 2006 and Group HR Director in October 2015. Prior to OrotonGroup, Bronwyn had several years experience in recruitment across a number of industries, including FMCG and Government. Bronwyn holds a Bachelor Degree from Sydney University with a double major in Psychology and Industrial Relations and Post Graduate Diploma in HR.