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.
Powell departed TWG in 2016 to join Massey University in a part-time role as its first CEO-in-residence, increase his involvement in the faith-based non-profit sector, and enjoy some time for personal development. Among his current directorships, Powell is a non-executive director of the JB Hi-Fi Retail Group and Trinity Lands.
Stihl Ltd managing director, James Bibby, says Powell will provide invaluable insight to the group’s advisory board. The Stihl Shop has 66 independently-owned retail stores around New Zealand and saw growth of 13 percent last year. Employing over 270 staff within the group, its total turnover is $120 million.
“The Stihl Shop retail network has achieved impressive scale over a relatively brief period,” says Bibby. “So it’s great to have someone of Mark’s caliber and expertise to call upon to assist us in the next phase of our market development. Having led one of our country’s largest and most high-profile businesses, Mark obviously knows what it takes to be successful in a multi-outlet retail environment.”
Powell says he’s excited by the prospect of learning from the successes of Stihl Shop.
“Stihl Shop is Consumer NZ’s most trusted retailer. You don’t achieve that without having consistently exceptional service and high-quality product,” Powell says. “I think the Stihl Shop licensee model is very interesting; it means that all the owners across the country are personally invested and you see that reflected in their customer oriented approach and in their business results.”
“Before starting officially, I popped into a few different Stihl Shop stores and they really are an example of the sort of down to earth, friendly, experts you’d expect from a bygone era. Stihl Shop is a group that has flourished in an environment usually dominated by big box hardware stores, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”