Paul Zahra served as chair of the board of directors of The Pinnacle Foundation from February 2016 until October 2021, after joining the board in June 2015.
Paul is a chief executive officer, non-executive director, board and company advisor, and one of Australia’s most influential diversity advocates. A leading force in the Australian retail industry for over 40 years, Paul’s corporate roles have included chief executive officer & managing director of ASX-listed, David Jones Limited, as well as senior leadership roles at Target Australia and Officeworks Superstores.
A powerful champion for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Paul was previously chair of PwC’s diversity & inclusion advisory board and has led numerous high profile LGBTIQ+ campaigns and initiatives. He was formerly an ambassador for Honour a Woman, firmly believing that exceptional Australian women need to be recognised on the public record through the highest level of public recognition in our country; the Australian honours. He is currently an ambassador for the 30% Club Australia which is a collaboration of corporate leaders taking action to increase gender diversity at board and executive levels to a minimum of 30% – the point at which minority voices achieve critical mass and can be heard.
Paul is currently chief executive officer of the Australian Retailers Association, a not for profit that is Australia’s largest retail association, representing a $360bn sector employing more than 1.2 million people.
Paul is an alumnus of Stanford University USA and a Graduate of The Australian Institute of Company Directors. He lives with his husband, Duncan Peerman in Sydney.