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David Herman, CEO

Experienced businessman and entrepreneur David Herman commenced as CEO of Lort Smith in late January 2015 after a rigorous recruitment search.

David returned to Melbourne after five years having held the position of CEO for Falls Creek Resort Management in the Victorian High Country. 

David brings considerable experience to Lort Smith as a CEO both in the commercial and not for profit space. Most importantly, David has a strong passion for animals and a commitment to animal welfare. 

David was well known to the organisation. From 2003, he established a significant joint venture between leading UK pet care retailer Pets at Home and Lort Smith providing unique in-store adoption centres that set new high standards in animal welfare. Pets at Home Australia and Pets at Home UK were sold to new owners in late 2009.

A solicitor by profession, David’s senior executive career has spanned both private and public sectors. David has specialised in creative business development, strategic planning, change management and corporate partnerships.

David spent almost 10 years with the Village Roadshow Group working on cinema and entertainment projects in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States and, from 1998, David facilitated the entry of the Borders book chain to Australia. He then oversaw the opening of its first 14 stores around the Pacific Rim.

In addition to wife Deb and their two children, David’s family includes two adopted dogs – Pearl, an eight-year-old “bitsa” lovingly adopted from Lort Smith in 2009, Hazel, a three-year-old cattle dog adopted from the RSPCA, Pixel, a two-year-old tabby adopted from Lort Smith plus Sargo and Scylla, the world’s most domesticated blue tongue lizards.

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