After dedicating 45 years of his working life to two of New Zealand's best known retail brands, Hallenstein Glasson CEO Graeme Popplewell is stepping down. Popplewell was appointed managing director of Hallensteins in 2010 and group chief executive in 2011. He will leave the company at the end of this year.
The owner of award-winning Gore store Carvin Streetwear is moving into a new role outside of retail. Chanelle Purser will be team leader for Hokonui FM and senior account manager for NZME in Gore, while the store's manager Jess Pulham will take over full management of the store.
In more than 35 years, Mike Parsell has taken Michael Hill International from three stores to more than 300. The Brisbane-based chief executive has been with Michael Hill International since the Whangarei days, but now after 16 years at the top, he is stepping down.
Pumpkin Patch director Josette Prince’s resignation from the board has prompted the company to confirm its earnings guidence for the current financial year. Prince formally resigned last Thursday, citing other business and travel commitments as her reasons for stepping down.
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Executive chairman Paul Keane is set to retire from his position at property, architecture, design and research specialist agency RCG. The company has carried out services connected to many different retail projects, from the development of shopping centres like Rotorua Central and Westgate to design work on brands like Farro and Ziera.
Listed shopping centre owner Kiwi Property has appointed Ian Passau as its general manager development, while Trade Me has a new chief financial officer, Caroline Rawlinson. Both executives will start in their new roles during August.
Hallenstein Glasson has announced Di Humphries as the new CEO of womenswear chain Glassons. The ins and outs of the company will no doubt be quite familiar to her, considering she was previously the managing director of Glassons and an executive director of Hallenstein Glasson.
The retail design firm behind some of New Zealand’s most popular shopping centres, The Buchan Group, has appointed two new principals to its Kiwi practice. It says these appointments follow recent strong growth in New Zealand.
Kiwi Property owns many of New Zealand’s largest shopping centres. Growth at Auckland’s Sylvia Park, North City in Porirua and others have led to a net increase of 7 percent in the value of the company’s retail portfolio. Combined with an 8 percent increase in Kiwi Property’s office portfolio, these changes have brought the overall value of the property portfolio to $2.7 billion.
Outdoor gear retailer Kathmandu today announced its appointment of Ben Ryan as general manager – product following the resignation of the incumbent Michelle Adams. This follows earlier news that Kiwi Property’s general manager development, Christopher Hermann, is leaving his position.
The hunt is on for a seasoned CEO to take over the reins of retail POS software phenomenon Vend, as founder and CEO Vaughan Rowsell has stepped down. Idealog's digital editor, Jonathan Cotton, has a chat to him about why he's stepping aside to be chief product officer.