By NZHJ May 01, 2017 Industry news

New faces and news from Mitre 10, Toolware Sales and more are among the latest movers & shakers.

Mitre 10 New Zealand has plenty of news relating to key personnel changes.

Chris Fisher is Mitre 10 NZ’s just-appointed new Group Manager – Merchandise. He fills the role vacated by Adam Wolf last year and joins the cooperative in September. Until then, he continues in the role of General Manager Merchandise for Countdown. Countdown Managing Director, Dave Chambers, says of his outgoing GM Merch: “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.”

Andrea Scown is the co-op's new General Manager - Retail Operations. Starting in June, Andrea brings to Mitre 10 a broad general management background and a proven track record with iconic Kiwi retailers. She held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Bendon before heading to Ezibuy, also as COO and Acting CEO. In 2016, Andrea left Ezibuy and moved to Sydney at the helm of Millers Fashions at Specialty Fashion Group. In her time there, Andrea rolled out several initiatives aimed at strengthening the Millers customer value proposition in a very competitive industry and marketplace.

Andrea replaces Ben Leduc, who has been approved as a Mitre 10 Member Principal and, with his wife Debbie will be opening a new Mitre 10 store. Before his time as GM Retail Ops, armed with his experience overseas with Canada's Réno Dépot / RONA, Ben contributed significantly during Mitre 10's key period of change over 2002-2010 as Business Development Manager, General Manager Retail Operations for Mitre 10 MEGA and as General Manager Store Development & Organisational Change, before heading back overseas. He returned to the Kiwi co-op in 2012.

Other Mitre 10 news is that the process is underway to find a replacement for General Manager of Marketing, Dave Elliott, who now resides in Chicago where he is the new Senior Vice President, Marketing for North American co-op True Value. “With the perfect mix of passion for the independent retailer, marketing vision, and brand experience, Dave is a valuable addition to our team,” says True Value and former Mitre 10 NZ CEO, John Hartmann.

(Note: Some of the above information will be different to what appears the May 2017 NZ Hardware Journal, as additional information was received after we went to press.)

Debbie Coogan is new to the role of Sales Executive at IXL Sampford NZ. With 10+ years selling products to the NZ hairdressing industry, Debbie has been instrumental in developing, importing and selling a range of sought-after brands into the market. She says: “I am looking forward to working for such an iconic family owned business with many years of trading, and present the market with their exciting innovating range of products."

Nick Picton is Toolware Sales’ new Territory Manager. Responsible for all Auckland area Bunnings, Mitre 10s and electrical wholesalers between Silverdale and Pukekohe, Nick started training for his role at Toolware Sales in April last year and has been out on the road managing his accounts since January this year. “I’ve always loved tools, so getting to sell them while working for an industry leading company is a dream come true. I’ve loved getting to know our customers and my colleagues over the past year and am excited for a long future with the company.” Armed with his previous experience in electrical wholesaling and as a maintenance engineer before taking over the running  of his father’s company for several years, Nick enjoys fishing and mountain biking in his spare time.

Craig Price is the new President of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ). Currently South Island Regional Manager and Chair of Beca’s New Zealand business, he takes office during a significant period of change for IPENZ, with the organisation adopting a new direction and membership structure. “This will be another big year of change, as we deliver on our strategies to drive increased credibility and influence for our members,” he says. Craig Price is an IPENZ Fellow, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and is a director of City Care and will hold office for a year. He succeeds Elena Trout, IPENZ’s second female President.

New Zealand Green Building Council CEO, Andrew Eagles, has announced four new board members: Anna Palairet, General Manager, Property & Infrastructure at Air New Zealand; Robyn Phipps, Professor in Construction School of Engineering & Advanced Technology at Massey University; Brendon Dwyer, Operations Manager Buildings Services at Beca; and Patrick Clifford, Director at Architectus.

The new members join Chair Mary-Jane Daly, also an Independent Director of Kiwi Property Group, Airways Corporation of New Zealand, Cigna and a Commissioner on the Earthquake Commission; Gail Calder, General Manager, Property & Facilities at Fonterra; Gary Walker, Executive General Manager of Hawkins Construction; and Steve Aschebrock, Director and Owner at Inzide Commercial.

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