Interim chief executive and general manager of public affairs Greg Harford has been appointed chief executive of Retail NZ.
The Retail NZ board engaged in an extensive nationwide search through Wellington executive recruiter JacksonStone before making their decision.
“Greg will be known to many in the retail community, having been in the Retail NZ business for nearly five years as GM Public Affairs,” Retail NZ President Des Flynn said today. “During that time, he’s shown himself to be a passionate and tireless advocate on behalf of the retail sector, and he has a deep knowledge of the Retail NZ business and our strategy moving forward.”
Harford replaces former chief executive Scott Fisher, who served as chief executive from 2016.
Harford says he’s excited about taking on the new role.
“Retail NZ’s strategic goal is to have anyone in retail ‘ask us first’, and the team is working hard to deliver this. We are heading rapidly towards the Retail NZ Summit, Forum and Awards Gala Dinner on 23 July, and a continuation of our well-received Retail NZ workshop series. This is all in addition to the provision of the free Advice Service for members, the NZ Retail magazine and theregister.co.nz, a range of member discounts, advocacy on behalf of retailers, networking opportunities, and a research programme covering everything from wage rates to the state of the retail sector.
“The team at Retail NZ is working hard to deliver good outcomes for retailers, and I’d like to invite anyone with an interest in retail to join the Retail NZ family by signing up as a member at www.retail.kiwi.”