Founder & CEO, Simpli

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Vanessa Garrard

Founder & CEO


Vanessa Garrard is a serial entrepreneur, mother to four young children and a leader in the consumer products industry.

She is currently the Founder & CEO of Simpli, a sourcing company focusing on eco-friendly products & packaging for small businesses & corporates. Vanessa is also the Chair
of Bravehearts.

She has founded 17 companies over the past 25+ years, 8 of which have grown to be multi-million dollar companies. Products designed by her teams can be found in over 5,000 retail stores covering
more than 30 product categories. In fact, 1 in 2 Australians’ owns a product that her companies have produced.

Vanessa’s passion for business and commercialising products has seen her ranked in Australia’s Top 30 Female Entrepreneurs list 5 years running and she was named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year for Industry, Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year, and more recently, Vanessa was named in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence.

With over 25 years experience in building businesses across Australia, China, the UK, Europe and the US, Vanessa understands what it takes to build and grow a global business.

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