Dean co-founded Milan Direct in 2006, which was Australia’s largest pure play online retailer of furniture prior to its acquisition by Temple & Webster in 2015. Dean was part of the executive team at Temple & Webster and managed the Milan Direct business and established the private label and import functions which did not exist at Temple & Webster prior to the Milan Direct acquisition.
Prior to Milan Direct, Dean worked in the family furniture business which goes back three generations, with Dean’s grandfather setting up a local furniture manufacturing factory in Melbourne in the 1950s. Dean grew up working in the family’s furniture retail stores and getting a hands on education in the furniture workshops with his dad and grandfather.
Dean holds a Bachelor of Business Marketing and Bachelor of Business Management from Monash University.