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Michael Page launches award in support of retail professionals.

30 January 2013: Global recruitment firm Michael Page is giving one talented retail professional the opportunity to be named the winner of the 2013 Michael Page Retail Executive Award. The recipient of the inaugural award will be rewarded with an exclusive place on the 2013 Westfield World Retail Study Tour, a unique professional development experience.

With the retail industry changing rapidly as it adapts to global trends, it is imperative for retail professionals to keep up-to-date with the latest developments. The 2013 Michael Page Retail Executive Award winner will spend two weeks participating in the 2013 Westfield World Retail Study Tour immersed in the retail industries of five world-class retail destinations: Shanghai, Los Angeles, New York, London and Istanbul.

“The Westfield World Retail Study Tour is held in high regard within the retail industry and has been described as ‘the mini-MBA of Retail’,” says Richard Wynn, Regional Director of Michael Page. “We are looking for one exceptionally talented retail professional who has demonstrated thought-leadership and innovation in their business to be the deserving winner and experience first-hand five renowned global retail destinations.”

“The launch of the Michael Page Retail Executive Award demonstrates our commitment to the retail profession and our focus on encouraging and rewarding innovation through career development and continual learning opportunities,” Mr Wynn adds. “The Michael Page Retail business was established in 2008 and over the past five years we have built up a team of specialists with expertise in recruiting mid to senior level operations, buying and merchandising positions across the full retail mix.”

While on the 2013 Westfield World Retail Study Tour, the Michael Page Retail Executive Award winner will meet some of the world’s best retailers and learn their secrets to success; get across the latest technology, merchandising techniques and innovations; visit a multitude of stores from flagships to independents; attend workshops, presentations, behind-the-scenes tours and network with senior executives.

Innovative retail professionals who have made an outstanding contribution to their business over the last 12 months are encouraged to enter. For more information about the Michael Page Retail Executive Award and to complete the application form visit www.michaelpage.com.au/retailexecutiveaward.