Message from Chris Fisher, General Manager Mechandise

28 March 2017: Today Countdown has announced that General Manager of Merchandise Chris Fisher will leave the business, and take up the role of Group Manager of Merchandise at Mitre10, based in Albany.  Mr Fisher will stay with Countdown for the next six months while a successor is appointed.

Mr Fisher says: “I have loved working at Countdown and I’m really proud of everything the merchandise team has achieved over the last two and a half years. However, a role has come up closer to home, which will allow me to spend more time with my family.”

“I have two kids in their early teens, and my wife is heading back to work as a teacher. I really want to spend some more time at home, and this new job allows just that.”

Managing Director Dave Chambers says, “Chris has overseen some impressive accomplishments in his time at Countdown. He has empowered our merchandise team to make data-driven commercial decisions with suppliers; driven our store segmentation strategy; and made it far easier for smaller suppliers to work with us through a reformed quality assurance process.”

“I am sorry to lose someone of Chris’ quality and commitment from the Countdown leadership team, but he has put in place very strong foundations for our buying team to continue to grow, and relentlessly pursue our business strategy.”

“I wish Chris all the very best,” says Mr Chambers.



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