Managing Director confirmed for Woolworths New Zealand

20 January 2016: Woolworths Food Group today announced that Dave Chambers will return to the role of Managing Director of Woolworths New Zealand.

He will lead a team of 18,000 and a network of 183 Countdown stores.

Pat McEntee has been Acting Managing Director and will return to Australia to take up a senior role in the Food business.

Dave has spent the past year as Director of Woolworths Supermarkets in Australia. Previously, he was Managing Director of Woolworths New Zealand from July 2011 to January 2015 and has served the company since 1979 and his retail management experience has stretched across store, area and divisional management roles.

Brad Banducci, Managing Director of Woolworths Food Group says, “Dave has made an important contribution to Woolworths during the past year and I know he will provide strong leadership to the Woolworths New Zealand business into the future.”

Dave says, “While I have a long standing history with Progressive, returning in 2016 is really a new beginning. I’ve loved working in Sydney over the past 12 months and am looking forward to rejoining a great team that is focussed on bringing the best prices and a terrific shopping experience to Countdown customers.”

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