Septem­ber 2013

The Australian - The Deal - - The Deal - Glenda Kor­po­raal Edi­tor

Peter Bir­tles is hardly a house­hold name, even for de­voted read­ers of the fi­nan­cial press. But the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Su­per Re­tail, the Bris­bane-based con­glom­er­ate that owns Su­percheap Auto, Rebel Sports and a range of other out­door re­tail chains, has been steadily build­ing up one of the coun­try’s largest and best-per­form­ing re­tail or­gan­i­sa­tions since he took over seven years ago.

The na­tion faces some im­por­tant eco­nomic chal­lenges but, op­er­at­ing qui­etly under the radar, are a grow­ing range of in­no­va­tive, ag­ile, up-and-com­ing com­pa­nies led by ex­ec­u­tives look­ing to build busi­nesses for the Aus­tralia of today and to­mor­row, not yes­ter­day. The Deal has cho­sen Bir­tles as its 2013 chief ex­ec­u­tive of the year. See if you agree.

Closer to home, The Deal mag­a­zine has been given a new, classier look. Al­most five years af­ter it was launched, The Aus­tralian’s monthly busi­ness mag­a­zine has been re­designed with some new fea­tures and a more stylish ap­proach to lay­out, graph­ics and pho­tog­ra­phy.

One of Aus­tralia’s most ex­pe­ri­enced mag­a­zine de­sign­ers, Sa­man­tha Yates, has risen to the chal­lenge of trans­form­ing The Deal into a world-class mag­a­zine.

The new-look Deal also in­cludes some fresh fea­tures such as Deal Tech, Ex­ec­u­tive travel, Wealth, Q&A. And a quirky col­umn called Last Call ...

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