Chambers started his job at Woolworths in March 2015, having worked for Progressive since 1979. He had been Progressive’s managing director since July 2011, and will now return to lead a team of 18,000 across a network of 183 Countdown stores.
His former position at Woolworths saw him in charge of more than 900 stores and 113,000 people.
In a statement put out by Progressive, Brad Banducci, managing director of Woolworths Food Group says: “Dave has made an important contribution to Woolworths during the past year and I know he will provide strong leadership to the Progressive Enterprises business into the future.”
Chambers also made a statement, in which he described his return to Progressive as “really a new beginning”.
“I’ve loved working in Sydney over the past 12 months and am looking forward to rejoining a great team that is focussed on bringing the best prices and a terrific shopping experience to Countdown customers.”
Steve Donohue, Countdown’s general manager merchandise, was appointed acting managing director of Progressive Enterprises in Chambers’ stead before Pat McEntee took over that position. McEntee will now himself return to Australia to take up a senior role in the food business.