18th March 2021 By Shannon Williams | email@example.com | @foodtickernz
Spencer Sonn is the new managing director for Woolworths New Zealand.
Sonn stepped into the role from Woolworths Holdings South Africa, where he was the managing director of food for the past five years. In that role, he was responsible for the food and innovation portfolios across more than 400 supermarkets and 33,000 staff.
Woolworths New Zealand said Sonn had a 25-year grocery career behind him, starting out on a store management graduate programme, and progressing through a variety of roles.
“His passion for retail, first-hand experience working in stores, proven track record of developing innovative customer focussed solutions, and strong focus on quality and store experience will be tremendous assets to the Woolworths New Zealand team,” the company said in a statement.
Sonn said he would continue to build on the foundations the Woolworths New Zealand leadership team had already put in place.
“The immense potential that this business has was one of the key things that attracted me to this position, and I’m looking forward to leading and supporting the team to help realise that,” he said.
Sonn officially started in the role this week after spending time in stores throughout Aotearoa getting to know the team and the wider business.
“I’ve spent the past couple of weeks visiting stores and getting a good feel for how our business operates,” he said.
“It has really struck me how passionate our team are, right throughout Aotearoa, and particularly when it comes to delivering a great shopping experience for our customers and building innovative solutions that will see our business grow well into the future.”
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