David was appointed Director Strategic Analytics Insights and Research of Scentre Group in October 2015. He has extensive experience in strategy, customer insight and analytics, having worked with Bain & Company (both in-house and as a senior advisor) over a span of sixteen years. Prior to joining Scentre Group, David most recently assisted Walmart in the US, Japan and China to reset strategy. He has run customer engagement and business development functions at Woolworths and Myer. David’s first career was in aerospace, where he worked as a Systems Engineer and Program Manager. David holds a Bachelor of Science (physics and computer science) from the University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Business Administration from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Scentre Group was created on 30 June 2014 through the merger of Westfield Retail Trust and Westfield Group’s Australian and New Zealand management business. It combined the property interests of each of Westfield Retail Trust and Westfield Group in Australia and New Zealand and includes the industry leading operating platform with retail real estate assets under management valued at more than $42 billion and shopping centre ownership interests valued at $30.1 billion.
Scentre Group manages, develops and has an ownership interest in Westfield branded shopping centres in Australia and New Zealand. The shopping centres are highly productive, with strong franchise value and the ability to attract the world’s leading retail brands. They are an essential part of the community’s social and economic fabric. In 2015, over 525 million customers visited a Westfield shopping centre, spending in excess of $22 billion. Scentre Group’s strategy is to own interests in the highest quality regional shopping centres in its markets and to invest in these assets through redevelopment opportunities, ensuring that the Group’s shopping centres enrich communities by providing extraordinary retail spaces. Many shopping centres in the portfolio are owned in partnership with leading property investment institutions.
Scentre Group also works with the world’s leading retail and luxury brands to create a unique shopping and leisure experience. Scentre Group manages every aspect of its portfolio – from design, construction and development to leasing, management and marketing – ensuring that its centres constantly meet the highest expectations of today’s retailers and consumers.