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Nigel Oakey

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer

Dome Café Group

Nigel Oakey is the Managing Director of the Dome Café Group. Born and educated in south-east Asia, Nigel Oakey graduated from University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts. Prior to his commercial career Nigel had employment with the Hong Kong Government (British) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  A successful retail career with the Royal Dutch Shell Group saw Nigel in various management roles with Shell’s retail business ranging from category/merchandise management, retail strategy and marketing planning, multi-site franchise system development, new concept development and operations management and retail leadership development. Highlights with Shell included international retail assignments in the USA and Europe. After developing with Shell a network of fast food restaurants under the Burger King brand Nigel decided to leave in 1999 for a new and more entrepreneurial project as CEO and Managing Director of a multi-unit café-bakery operation in Sydney for which he became a shareholder and successfully executed a turn-around strategy.  He has been employed at Dôme since May 2001 when he took the role of Chief Executive and undertook a turn-around of the business for its then founders and financial investors. Nigel became a significant shareholder of Dome when he led a management buy-out of the Dôme business with Navis Capital Partners in December 2003. At this time he assumed the position of Managing Director. Nigel is responsible for all aspects of strategic growth for the Group including its development of large community café footprints, expansion into regional areas and the forging of new business streams in the accommodation and hospitality space.

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