Foodstuffs North Island’s new CFO brings a unique perspective to her role – as well as possessing more than 20 years of FMCG finance and leadership experience, Joanna Allan is an engineer.rn
Allan has held senior finance, strategy, leadership and transformation roles for a number of leading companies including Frucor, Danone, Fonterra and Tegel. She is currently an independent director for Turks Poulty and comes to Foodstuffs from a role as finance director at Lion.
“I am delighted to be joining Foodstuffs North Island,” Allan says. “I’ve worked very closely with many of the household names on our supermarket shelves and understand just how important it is to ensure New Zealanders continue to enjoy the best value products in the best shopping environments.”
“While I won’t necessarily be out there checking the already well-engineered stores and DCs we operate, I will be taking great satisfaction in crafting a finely balanced plan with Chris [Quin] and the fantastic team on hand. Our role is to help deliver an exceptional shopper experience – and retain and extend our leadership in a competitive market.”
Chief executive Chris Quin says Foodstuffs North Island is currently investing extensively in store, product and people development. Allan’s role will see her developing and delivering financial planning which will support the business’ growth in a turbulent retail climate Quin has dubbed “the new normal”.
“The shape of retail is changing rapidly; in the way customers shop with us, the products our suppliers are delivering and the expectations shoppers have of our service offering and systems. Smart financial planning and management enables us to be as entrepreneurial and innovative as possible, all while being more competitive and agile.”