Mr. Lew has over 40 years experience in the manufacture, importation, wholesaling and retailing of textiles, apparel and general merchandise. Mr. Lew’s success in the clothing industry has been largely due to his ability to read fashion trends and interpret them in the Australian market and to efficiently and cost-effectively produce quality garments.
Property development and the acquisition and disposal of equity investments have proven to be a profitable and consistent activity for entities controlled by Mr. Lew’s family entities. He has, through those family entities, made a number of investments in publicly listed companies over the years, including investments in Coles Myer Limited, Colorado Group Limited and Country Road Limited to name a few. Where these investments have been sold, it has resulted in substantial profits.
He is the Chairman of the Mount Scopus College Foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sport and Tourism Youth Foundation, a life member of the The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award World Fellowship, a Patron of Opera Australia and a Chairman or director of several philanthropic organisations.
Mr. Lew was a director of Coles Myer Limited from 1985 to 2002, serving as Vice Chairman from 1989, Chairman from 1991 to 1995, Executive Chairman in 1995 and Vice Chairman in 1995 and 1996. He was also a director of the Reserve Bank of Australia from 1992 to 1997.