Camera House chairman David Stallard issued the following announcement this week to address the departure of general manager Charles (Charlie) Davey:
In early January, Charlie Davey left Raleru after 18 months as General Manager.
Charlie contributed significantly in his 18 months in the role and it is recognised that Charlie helped drive Raleru to maintain it’s leadership in the specialty retail industry.
We wish Charlie well in his future endeavours.
Charlie Davey joined Camera House (Raleru) in June 2016. While relatively unfamiliar with the photo specialist segment, he had extensive retail experience at Optus, BigW and in England, his country of birth, with retailers WH Smith, Dixons and Sainsbury’s.
He won the role from a field of 130 candidates following the departure of previous general manager, Paul Shearer, in April that year.
It’s understood Charlie left the role to pursue other career ambitions.
The search for new general manager begins next week and will involve both photo industry applicants and executives outside the industry. It’s hoped that a general manger will be appointed in four to six weeks.
David Stallard noted that in the absence of a senior executive ‘the staff have pulled together fantastically.’
He said the Camera House business was ‘pretty buoyant’ although it had been a testing Christmas period.
‘Stores were between five percent up and five percent down, and there weren’t really any stars, or stores whose sales were down horrendously,’ he said.
He added that Raleru had once again performed better than forecast.