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The Warehouse’s Stephen Tindall is more influential than the Prime Minister

The Warehouse Group posted an adjusted net profit of $37.2 million in March. Besides the Red Sheds, it owns bricks-and-mortar retailers Noel Leeming Group, Warehouse Stationery, Torpedo7 and No 1. Fitness, plus a stable of pure online retailers which includes pet.co.nz, baby.co.nz and Shotgun Supplements.

Tindall was made New Zealander of the Year by Kiwibank in February, and opened The Warehouse’s new Sir Stephen Tindall Learning Centre at its head office in Northcote earlier this year.

Fashion designer Karen Walker and her husband Mikhail Gherman were also included at number 25. The placing is appropriate, given that Walker and Gherman hold a 25 percent shareholding in Top Retail, the company which owns the New Zealand rights to UK fast fashion sensation Topshop. Customers queued for days before the first outlet opened in Auckland in March this year.

Unionist Mike Treen was placed at number 49 on Metro’s list of influencers. As the national director of Unite Union, Treen has been a prominent critic of zero hour contracts this year.

Under pressure from Unite, Restaurant Brands canned the controversial employment arrangement in April this year, meaning its brands KFC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Carl’s Jr will all comply. Restaurant Brands’ competitors McDonald’s, Burger King and Hell Pizza later moved to eliminate zero hour contracts from their own policies.

Progressive Enterprises managing director Steve Donohue was also on the list, in 50th place. Donohue was appointed as acting MD after his predecessor Dave Chambers moved to Australia to take up a position as director of Woolworths’ supermarkets division in March. Progressive confirmed Dononue would hold onto the top spot a month later.

At the time, Retail NZ chief executive Mark Johnston congratulated Donohue on his appointment. He said it was significant as retail is a key part of the economy and provides employment for many Kiwis, pointing out that with 174 supermarkets and around 18,000 employees, Progressive Enterprises is the country’s largest private sector employer.

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