Countdown has appointed Scott Davidson to the role of general manager merchandise. Davidson comes from a role as head of produce for Australian company Woolworths, of which Countdown owner Progressive Enterprises is a subsidiary.
Contact Energy chief customer officer Vena Crawley has been named as The Warehouse Group's Future Director for the current financial year. The Future Director programme is an initiative aimed at addressing the experience gap faced by skilled younger professionals seeking to become directors of public companies.
Former The Warehouse Group chief executive Mark Powell has joined the Stihl Shop retail network’s board of directors. He is now an independent member on Stihl Shop’s advisory board. Stihl Shops are stockists of Stihl products such as chainsaws, lawn mowers and other power tools.
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Cotton On's New Zealand country manager Mark Singleton has passed away. Singleton presided over a period of significant investment in New Zealand, announcing in 2015 that Cotton On intended to boost store numbers by around 50 percent and nearly double its staff.
Vitamix blenders are significantly more expensive than most standard blenders. Standard blenders tend to sell for somewhere between $30 and $200 from mainstream retailers like Briscoes, but Vitamix pricing starts at $795 and climbs well into four figures. Far from scaring customers off, however, Vitamix’s market share increased by 35 percent in 2016, and the company has appointed new staff to support its growth.
Mitre 10 has appointed a new general manager marketing, Jules Lloyd-Jones, to step into the role in late July this year. She replaces the company’s high-profile industry leader Dave Elliott, who has left Mitre 10 for North America.
The Warehouse Group has appointed Timothy Kasbe as its new chief information and digital officer as part of its new digital strategy.
Mike Parsell stepped down as chief executive of Kiwi jeweller Michael Hill International in August last year. He’s now joined competing jeweller Secrets as its managing director.
The man who guided Farmers through its 100th anniversary, the launch of its phenomenally successful club card network and its new Auckland flagship, among other seismic changes, has been tragically killed in a car accident. Rod McDermott spent 25 years with Farmers and a decade as its CEO before stepping down at the end of 2016.