Ms Naomi Milgrom AO
Naomi Milgrom (BA 1973) is recognised as one of Australia's top 25 business leaders and a trailblazer for women in business.
Ms Milgrom is the sole owner, Executive Chair and CEO of the Sussan Group comprising three fashion brands - Sussan, Suzanne Grae and Sportsgirl. Under her 20-year leadership, the Sussan Group has grown to become Australia’s largest privately held specialty fashion retailer with over 550 stores and more than 4500 employees throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Ms Milgrom has mobilised her businesses and her own entrepreneurial skills to make outstanding contributions to Australian society. She is a benefactor to the arts, health, welfare, and the Jewish community, and contributor to the world of science and education.
Ms Milgrom has played a pivotal public role in the promotion of the Australian retail and fashion industries, nationally and internationally. Under her leadership, the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival became the largest consumer and retail fashion event globally. In 2007, she was inducted into the Stonnington Fashion Hall of Fame in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Australian fashion..
In 2009 she became the first female recipient of Ernst & Young's Champion of Entrepreneurship Award (Southern Region). In the same year she was awarded the prestigious Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award for the new Sportsgirl Sussan Headquarters and appointed to the Premier of Victoria’s Bushfire reconstruction Industry Champions Committee.
In 2010, Ms Milgrom received an Officer of the Order of Australia "for service to business as a leader and mentor in the fashion industry, and to the community through advisory and management roles of a wide range of arts, health and philanthropic bodies". Monash University also recognised her achievements presenting her with a Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ms Milgrom is a director of the Magellan Financial Group and also a director of the Highpoint Property Group. She also served for 14 years as a board member of the Howard Florey Institute, Australia’s foremost brain research institute.
She is the daughter of well-known business people and philanthropists, Marcus Besen AO and Eva Besen AO. Her sister, Ms Carol Schwartz AM is also a Monash alumna.