Cairns demands commitment at Woolworths

A boardroom clean-out has been occupying the mind of Woolworths chairman Gordon Cairns. Even more important is who he will choose as chief executive.

It’s almost gone unnoticed, but there’s been a purge in Woolworths’ (ASX: WOW) boardroom. Yesterday chairman Gordon Cairns – himself only in the job since September – announced that the services of director Jayne Hrdlicka were no longer required.

Hrdlicka is the chief executive of Jetstar and a member of the Qantas Group (ASX: QAN) executive committee. It’s hard to see how the chief executive of one company has the time to serve as a director of an unrelated one.

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