Canadian Retailer - Holiday 2016 - 6
UNDER THE BANNER
Montreal-based apparel brand
enjoying the leadership of a
Canadian retail icon
BY SEAN C. TARRY
ONE of the most dynamic figures in the Canadian
retail landscape, Anna Martini has been President
of Groupe Dynamite since 2004. Since her arrival,
the company has grown exponentially, tripling its
sales figure over the past twelve years.
A steadfast businesswoman with forward-thinking
leadership, Martini distinguishes herself through
her authenticity, generosity, candid personality and
tenacity. These merits enabled the expansion of
Groupe Dynamite, in both the North American and
International markets; the company now operates
more than 380 stores in 9 countries.
Prior to joining Groupe Dynamite, Martini was
a partner at Deloitte & Touche, where for close to
20 years she served many clients in the retail and
consumer product sectors. Martini is highly decorated, receiving the title of Fellow from the Ordre
des Comptables Agréés du Québec in 2010. During
that same year, she also received the Award of Distinction from the John Molson School of Business
and was named Personality of the year in the category of business by La Presse. In 2005, she was
one of the honoured guests as part of Chatelaine's
breakfast-series honouring Influential Women. She
was also a finalist in the 2007 Women of Distinction awarded by the Young Women's Christian Association. And that same year, she was honoured
during the Gala du Commerce which, in partnership with the HEC Montreal, pays tribute to daring
entrepreneurs and business people.
CANADIAN RETAILER | The Loss Prevention Issue
GET TO KNOW ANNA MARTINI
Candid questions from Canadian Retailer elicit candid
responses from Groupe Dynamite's President and the
Chair of Retail Council of Canada's Board of Directors.
What makes a great leader?
Humility. It's all about what you can do as a team not as
What's your favorite getaway locale?
Walking the streets of Paris and watching people enjoy
each other's company in such a beautiful place.
What's more important-education or experience?
Education is the foundation. And it's more important, as
long as you commit to it forever.
What's your favourite mobile device?
My iPhone because it helps me connect anytime
anywhere in the world.
Do you shop in-store or online?
I am addicted to shopping. So, any way I can shop
works for me!
Which do you prefer-fiction or non-fiction?
Definitely non-fiction, especially biographies that inspire
me to go beyond what I think I can accomplish.
Hands-on or hands-off management?
Hands-on...until I can set them free!
What's the next big game-changer in retail?
Driver-less vehicles delivering my groceries at the push
of a button.