Countdown has appointed Scott Davidson to the role of general manager merchandise. Davidson comes from a role as head of produce for Australian company Woolworths, of which Countdown owner Progressive Enterprises is a subsidiary.
Davidson is a senior retail executive with more than 20 years experience. His previous roles with Woolworths have included head of trade – packaged and international food; merchandise manager – grocery food; merchandise manager – private label; and business manager – pet needs, canned fish, paper goods. He has been with Woolworths since 2005.
Davidson says he has been fortunate over the past eight years to work directly and indirectly with the Countdown team.
“I’ve spent quite some time in New Zealand, and during this time I’ve been impressed with the teams open, innovative and customer centric thinking and I’m looking forward to supporting them to achieve their goals.”
He will begin his new role before 2018.
Countdown managing director Dave Chambers says appointing such an experienced and skilled general manager is a positive for both customers and the Countdown team.
“Scott is a diverse and well-rounded retail executive and a welcome addition to our leadership team,” says Chambers. “He has proven merchandise management expertise with an emphasis on strategic planning, brand development and global sourcing. He’s described by many as a visionary leader who values partnering with suppliers to create sustainable outcomes and great results.”
“I am sure Scott will build on the strong foundations that we have established in the Countdown merchandise team. We have achieved a great deal in the last few years with data-driven decision-making, getting our store offer right for the right area, the introduction of a supplier charter, and a new quality assurance process that makes it easier for smaller suppliers to work with us. Ultimately this is all about getting customers the products that they want, easily and at an affordable price.”