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Hallenstein Glasson CEO Graeme Popplewell is retiring

  • Who's Where
  • November 11, 2016
  • Elly Strang
Hallenstein Glasson CEO Graeme Popplewell is retiring

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.

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Farmers CEO Rod McDermott has stepped down

  • Who's Where
  • October 7, 2016
  • Sarah Dunn
Farmers CEO Rod McDermott has stepped down

The long-running chief executive of Farmers has quietly left the company. Rod McDermott has been with Farmers for 25 years in total, and as CEO for 10 years, has seen the company make big changes as it adapts to the changing retail landscape.

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Michael Hill chief executive steps down

  • Who's Where
  • August 8, 2016
  • Sarah Dunn
Michael Hill chief executive steps down

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.

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Another loss for Pumpkin Patch: Josette Prince steps down

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  • June 27, 2016
  • Jenny Keown
Another loss for Pumpkin Patch: Josette Prince steps 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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Vend announces new CEO

  • Who's Where
  • June 9, 2016
  • Idealog
Vend announces new CEO

Alex Fala, acting CEO of New Zealand POS company Vend, is no longer ‘acting’. Today, Vend’s board appointed Alex Fala as new CEO after a four-month global recruitment search.

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Senior retail commentator Paul Keane to retire

  • Who's Where
  • June 1, 2016
  • Sarah Dunn
Senior retail commentator Paul Keane to retire

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.

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Executive appointments at Trade Me and Kiwi Property

  • Who's Where
  • May 5, 2016
  • Sarah Dunn
 Executive appointments at Trade Me and Kiwi Property

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.

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Former Pumpkin Patch chief executive rejoins Glassons

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  • April 14, 2016
  • Elly Strang
Former Pumpkin Patch chief executive rejoins Glassons

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.

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Design firm The Buchan Group grows its Auckland office

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  • April 12, 2016
  • Sarah Dunn
Design firm The Buchan Group grows its Auckland office

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.

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Value of Kiwi Property pushed up by retail portfolio

  • Who's Where
  • April 1, 2016
  • Sarah Dunn
Value of Kiwi Property pushed up by retail portfolio

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.

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Half a century in retail: Des Flynn

  • Who's Where
  • March 24, 2016
  • Sarah Dunn
Half a century in retail: Des Flynn

Before Des Flynn was a senior retail executive, board member, mentor and customer services expert, he was a schoolboy who sold sausage rolls in a time of crisis. Here, he shares the story of his 50-year retail career.

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Exit interview: Vend CEO Vaughan Rowsell steps down

  • Who's Where
  • February 19, 2016
  • Jonathan Cotton
Exit interview: Vend CEO Vaughan Rowsell steps down

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.

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