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Thursday 21 October 2021

Mary Devine to take reins at Foodstuffs South Island

10th September 2021 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

Former Hallenstein Glassons managing director and current Foodstuffs director Mary Devine is to become chief executive of Foodstuffs South Island.

Mary Devine wil replace the retiring Steve Anderson

Devine is to replace Steve Anderson, who is retiring after 20 years, to lead the co-operative, which had revenue of $3.28bn in the year to March 2021.

Devine has been on the board of both FSSI and Foodstuffs New Zealand for the past three years, and until April was managing director of Australasian omni-channel fashion retailer Hallenstein Glassons.

Previous roles in retail also included chief executive of catalogue clothing retailer EziBuy and managing director of Christchurch retail institution Ballantynes & Co. In 2013, Devine was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to business.

She starts at FSSI as chief executive-designate on 8 November 2021 to allow for a timely transition with Anderson, who is slated for a February departure.

FSSI chairman Russell McKenzie said the group undertook a global search to find a new boss.

“After a robust process, the fact that the best person for the role is a Kiwi who was born and bred in the South Island is a tremendous bonus,” he said.

“Mary has the leadership skills and retail expertise to lead the co-operative into a new phase of excellence in terms of meeting the needs of our customers.”

McKenzie added that the depth of understanding Devine has from her board positions would be “invaluable in leading the key strategic priorities facing the business”.

Devine said she was looking forward to working across the organisation to ensure retail excellence to benefit customers, suppliers, and members.

“Customers are at the heart of Foodstuffs. It’s exciting to see new initiatives in the pipeline that will continue to enhance the customer experience,” she said.

“Personally, I am aligned with the philosophy of the co-operative model, the strong partnership between the support office, members and suppliers creates an important collaboration in achieving customer-centricity.”



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