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Food Moves: Comvita, Zespri and Woolworths NZ’s senior marketing movers and more…

29th April 2022 By Staff Reporter | news@foodticker.co.nz | @foodtickernz

Food and beverage sector appointments and people moves to the week of 29 April.

Caroline Gray

Comvita has recruited experienced FMCG marketer Caroline Gray to become its new global marketing manager.

Gray joined the NZX-listed Mānuka honey company this month leaving her role as global brand guardian with Christchurch-based Natural Pet Food Group, where she had been for almost two years.

She replaces Julie Southall who left Comvita at the end of last year to become marketing director at new Mānuka honey brand 1839 Honey.

Prior to joining the natural Pet Food Group, Gray had held senior marketing roles with Fonterra, Air New Zealand and Watties, and also counts Goodman Fielder, Mars and Cadbury Schweppes on her resume.

Comvita has also appointed George Wapenaar as a commercial accountant.


Another high-flying marketer on the move this week, sort of.

Marketer of the Year Finalist in the 2021 TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards, Brid Drohan-Stewart, has been promoted to director brand at Woolworths New Zealand.

She has been with the supermarket group for just over two years now, laterly as general manager of brand and media.

Her career includes roles both agency and client side in New Zealand and in her native Ireland, including other F&B businesses McDonald’s, Coca Cola and Mondelēz International.


And the final in a trifecta of marketing appointments, Zespri International has got a new New York-based trade marketing director.

Stephen Brown has joined the kiwifruit exporter and marketer, leaving coffee brand Lavazza where he had been head of retail trade marketing leading the team covering North America.

Brown’s other FMCG experience is heavy on beverage with roles including senior brand manager at Davos Brands for TY KU Sake, brand manager for SVEDKA Vodka and Black Velvet Whisky at Constellation Brands, and associate brand manager roles for Tetley Tea and Eight O’Clock coffee.


Deborah Kan has left her role as key account manager with independent distribution co-operative, Foodfirst, to join FSL Foods as a business development manager for foodservice.

Nelson-headquartered FSL Foods has been sourcing and selling frozen produce for more than 20 years and produces brands including Fruzio, Goodness Kitchen, Barnicoat and The Berry Fix.


A couple of governance roles confirmed this week too.

Foodservice distributor Service Foods has appointed Carolyn Mortland to its board as a non-executive director to support sustainability, operations and customer strategy.

Mortland has more than 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, holding a variety of roles at Fonterra including corporate counsel, general manager of foodservice strategy and director of global sustainability.


Over at Seeka, kiwifruit specialist Stewart Moss has been elected as a director at the company’s AGM.

The listed kiwifruit company also elected Robert Farron, who was appointed as a director by the board during the year, and re-elected Fred Hutchings as a Director.


In beer news, Australian-based keg pooling specialist Konvoy has appointed Tom Madams as head of New Zealand based in Auckland.

Madams brings 15 years of brewing experience and bolsters the local team that the private equity-backed keg rental service has built over the past two years.


And finally, The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research has appointed Roslyn Murray as an IP advisor.

Murray had been managing the IP portfolio for the University of Waikato in its Waikato Link division where she assessed new IP and liaised with scientists within the university.

 

 


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