Countdown is New Zealand’s leading supermarket brand, serving more than 2.5 million customers every week.
We’re committed to providing our customers with choice, value and convenience, so they’ll enjoy the best overall shopping experience.
With 183 supermarkets across New Zealand supported by 18,000 team members, we give our customers a choice of more than 20,000 different products in each of our stores.
Behind the scenes, our in-store teams are supported by four dry grocery distribution centres, three fresh produce distribution centres, two meat processing plants, one seafood processing plant and a central support office.
Moving products from these hubs to our stores means our drivers have to travel more than 17 million kilometres per year, making over 250,000 deliveries to keep our stores stocked.
While we’re known as Countdown, we form part of Progressive Enterprises, a subsidiary of the publicly-listed Australian company, Woolworths Limited. In addition to Countdown, Progressive Enterprises is also the franchise co-ordinator for the Fresh Choice and SuperValue banner groups.
Our leadership team
Dave Chambers - Managing Director
Dave Chambers is Managing Director of Progressive Enterprises. Dave is an experienced retailer with over thirty years experience in supermarkets in Australia and New Zealand.
Dave commenced his career with Progressive Enterprises in 1979 as a school boy at Foodtown Glenfield. Since then, his retail management experience has stretched across stores, area and divisional management roles. Dave was Managing Director of Progressive Enterprises from July 2011 to January 2015.
Prior to his return to the role of Managing Director in February 2016, Dave spent a year as Director of Woolworths Supermarkets in Australia.
Chris Fisher - General Manager Merchandise
Chris began his retail career at the age of 16, with a part-time role at Argos in the UK. He has since managed buying roles for Gillette manufacturing, Lidl discount and Asda/Wal-Mart.
In 2006 he became director of his own business, specialising in the delivery of leading edge analytics to solve complex retail challenges. During his eight years developing that business Chris worked with most of the UK's major supermarket retailers, as well as many of the leading global FMCG companies.
Chris joined the Countdown team in November 2014 as Head of Data and Analytics.
Brett Ashley - General Manager Operations
Since commencing his Butchery Apprenticeship with Foodtown in 1975, Brett has accumulated more than 30 years experience with Progressive, in addition to five years spent operating a private business. He has held a variety of roles with the company in Operations, Marketing and Merchandise.
Bridget Lamont - General Manager Marketing
Bridget Lamont joined Progressive Enterprises in October 2004, after holding various marketing roles at NZ Post, Sky City Entertainment Group, Ezibuy and a number of independent marketing consultancies.
Bridget has previously held senior marketing roles at Progressive Enterprises including Business Manager Customer Engagement and Insight, and Senior Marketing Strategy Manager. Bridget and her team are responsible for all advertising, promotions, brand, customer engagement, customer insight and partner promotions activity for the Countdown brand.
Deborah Beegling - General Manager Human Resources
Deborah Beegling is General Manager for Human Resources for Progressive Enterprises and Countdown supermarkets.
Deborah comes from the Woolworths Limited Group as National HR Manager, Group Retail Services, where she was responsible for the broader development of Group Retail Services including the Woolworths multi channel teams and supply chain for the organisation.
Deborah has an extensive background in retail, having served many years with the Woolworths business, where she commenced her career in supermarket operations, moving into roles around the business including corporate support and IT.
Gideon Thomas - General Manager Finance & Administration
Gideon has over 25 years experience in finance, audit and corporate finance, both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
He joined Progressive Enterprises in 1996 and held various finance related positions including Company Secretary, Treasury, Legal and Compliance before being appointed as General Manager Finance and Administration departments from 2000.
Currently an Executive Director of all Progressive's New Zealand companies, his responsibilities now also encompass the Property, Legal and Franchise departments in New Zealand. Before joining Progressive Gideon worked with Price Waterhouse in Auckland and Touche Ross in the United Kingdom.
Steve Green - General Manager Logistics
Steve Green is General Manager Logistics at Progressive Enterprises. Steve joined Progressive Enterprises in December 2012 from the Woolworths team. Steve brings to this role a breadth of international logistics experience including 11 years with Woolworths and 10 years with Tesco. In his most recent role he was responsible for the Logistics Operations in Western Australia.
Steve now leads transport, replenishment, shipping and the national network of Distribution Centres across New Zealand, where he uses his wealth of knowledge and experience to ensure our stores have the right products on their shelves in order to meet our customers’ demands.