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Food Moves: Hirst Tristram’s new gig, Riley exits NZFF, NZ Story bolsters board, and more….

8th April 2022 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

Food and beverage industry appointments and people moves for the week to 8 April.

Marina Hirst Tristram

Marina Hirst Tristram has been appointed to the role of general manager, sales and marketing for Kono.

She will join the Māori-owned F&B group on Monday 9 May, leaving her role as managing director for her family business, Tasman Bay Food Co, based in Brightwater, Tasman.

The Kono role has been vacant following the departure in October last year of group general manager of sales and marketing, Melanie Chambers.

Vertically integrated Kono, which employs around 500 people and exports to 40 countries, also recently appointed a new chief operating officer, Andy Wotton.

Jo Davidson

Also at Kono, Jo Davidson has joined the company’s board.

Davidson has a background in leadership across a range of primary sectors including agribusiness, wine, food and beverage manufacturing, and fast-moving consumer goods with DB, Heinz and Tegel on her CV.

She is currently also an independent director of Pāmu.

Her appointment to Kono follows that of Cawthron Institute and Nelson Regional Development Agency chair Meg Matthews recent joining the board.

Justin Riley

The inaugural boss of New Zealand Functional Foods has left the Southland oat factory vehicle after declining the Covid-19 vaccine.

Justin Riley, who was chief executive of fruit processor Barker’s of Geraldine before joining NZFF in May last year, stepped down in February. NZFF board chair Roger Carruthers has been appointed acting chief executive.

NZFF was established by economic development agency Great South to bring forward a proposed $50m carbon neutral oat processing factory by lining up both investors to fund the project, and oat milk manufacturers as clients, against an ambitious timetable that slated a 2022 opening.

L-R: Andrew Baker, Louise Aitken, and Victoria Blood

Three experienced private sector leaders have joined New Zealand Story Group’s advisory board, as the government-funded agency continues to build the brand of New Zealand with global audiences.

The new ministerial appointments are: former Ākina Foundation boss and Thriving World director Louise Aitken, former Air New Zealand cultural development manager and Tika Learning MD Andrew Baker, and leader of WeCreate and chair of the NZ Music Commission Victoria Blood. 

The private sector leaders join the agency’s key departmental chief executive board members including New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Tourism New Zealand, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

Ben Wheeler

Ben Wheeler has taken the reins at Lewis Road Creamery bringing years of marketing and F&B industry experience to the premium consumer dairy brand.

Wheeler joined this week from his role as general manager of marketing at telecoms provider 2Degrees, where he had been for four years, following more than 15 years with beverage companies including Lion and Diageo.

He plugged a gap left by the departure of former general manager Nicola O’Rourke in April last year.

Shane Bracken

Sandwich franchise Subway has appointed a former Kerry chief operating officer as its new New Zealand and Australia country director.

Shane Bracken will take the helm of the ANZ division of the quick service restaurant franchise from its Brisbane office, effective Monday 23 May 2022.

He takes over from Scott Buckman, who has been acting country director of the franchise since January 2022 when country director of four years, Geoff Cockerill, left following a turbulent period for the chain, particularly in Australia.



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