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 184 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.
Brett Ashley - General Manager Operations
Brett is the General Manager Operations for Countdown Supermarkets and leads our store and retail support teams.
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.
Liz May - General Manager Logistics
Liz May is the General Manager of Logistics for Countdown. In her role she leads transport, replenishment, inbound shipping and the national network of Distribution Centres across New Zealand. Liz uses her wealth of knowledge and experience to ensure our stores have the right products on their shelves in order to meet our customers’ demands.
Liz has been with Countdown for over 25 years in various roles from Logistics Manager, to Merchandise Integration Manager. Liz has an extensive background with Countdown going back to when she first joined the company in 1991.
Scott Davidson - General Manager Merchandise
Scott Davidson is the General Manager Merchandise for Countdown Supermarkets.
Scott comes from the Woolworths Limited Group as the Head of Produce. Where he was responsible for buying, operations and quality.
He has extensive knowledge within the retail industry, working with many supermarket categories for Woolworths. He also has an emphasis on strategic planning, brand development and global sourcing.
Kiri Hannifin - General Manager Corporate Affairs
Kiri Hannifin is the General Manager Corporate Affairs for Countdown Supermarkets.
Gideon Thomas - General Manager Finance & Administration
Gideon has over 25 years experience in finance, audit and corporate finance. 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.
Lauren Voyce - General Manager Culture and People
In a company powered by its people, she is passionate about Countdown being Kiwis' favourite place to work.