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Our Team  -  DAMIAN ISBISTER 

Damian Isbister is an engaging senior manager and company director with more than 15 years experience leading large businesses in Australia’s finance and online retail sectors.

 

Damian holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Deakin University and completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course in 2011.

 

2000 - 2005

Damian held a number of positions working for a boutique Sydney finance company. He was the ASFL license holder undertaking equity and option trading, third party licensing and capital raising for listed companies or companies looking to list on the ASX.

2006 – 2012

Damian worked for The Merkin Group and BoXRED Corporate. The business had a large range of financial interests ranging from film investment and agriculture and it undertook equity trading and management of family funds. At Merkin, Damian helped to orchestrate the acquisition of MDS Financial, an ASX listed company.

Damian became Chief Executive Officer at MDS Financial. Under his tenure growth of trading turnover within the company grew from $2 million per month to over $60 million per month within 2 years. The company become a full ASX trading participant and held a number of AFSL licenses, which were overseen by Damian for compliance. Damian oversaw fundraising activities for 13 ASX companies.

 

 

2012

  • Upon exiting MDS, Damian identified an opportunity in the way that large manufactures and wholesalers cleared their excess inventory. Having a strong network of senior executives Damian setup and managed Straight Jacket Capital to manage the clearance of excess inventory for these companies. He successfully created clearance channels via the leading online retailers in Australia in a way that satisfied both parties. 

 

  • Acquired and subsequently sold a computer game retailer via a liquidation process. It had 20 stores, 500,000 games and IP assets including a Facebook page and customer database which exceeded 500,000 users. 

 

2013

  • Negotiated the clearance of 500k of inventory for a large name branded electronics supplier that had under gone a major change of direction.

  • Worked with the largest online fashion retailer in Australia to clear their excess stock position by creating a retail event.

  • Acquired a book retailer / wholesaler with 30 stores, 1.5 million books and their IP assets

  • Acquired $500k of stock from a high fashion denim brand that had undergone a change of ownership

  • Established an exclusive clearance distributor license with an ASX200 company in the ladies fashion, work wear and bedding industries with the sole purpose of liquidating their excess stock position which was valued in excess of $40m

 

2014 -2016

  • Arranged the transaction of a high fashion ladies shoes wholesaler/ retailer via a liquidation process. The acquisition included the intellectual property, inventory, 120k Facebook fans and 90k email address.

  • Negotiated the exclusive right to liquidate the excess stock of an ASX listed active sport retailer. To date this relationship has handled circa $10 million of excess stock.

  •  Establishment of a Joint venture with Australia’s Largest Online retailer Catchoftheday.com.au where he was a director of a subsidiary of this business which handled fashion and general clearance stock along with liquidations. Damian also identified a opportunity for a warehouse sale event which in just 6 months allowed the company to clear millions in excess stock to 10’s of thousands of customers. The sales were such a successful phenomenon it was covered by national news and a current affairs programs on major TV networks. The strategy to generate this crowd was created by Damian independently of the Catch Group.

 

2016 /2017

 

  • Executive Director and Interim CEO of New Zealand Natural. During this period Damian undertook the restructuring of the business. He also led the acquisition of the Movenpick Master Franchisor from Peters Australia.

  • Setup Isbister and Co to advise companies that needed management assistance   

 

2018

  • Setup Isbister and Co Wholesale