North Island, New Zealand, 2014-8-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island (FSNI) Managing Director, Murray Jordan, has notified the Board of his intention to leave the business mid-2015 to pursue professional board appointments.
Announcing Mr Jordan’s decision, FSNI Chairman Peter Anderson praised Mr Jordan for his “stellar role” in merging the two former North Island Foodstuffs co-operatives – Foodstuffs (Auckland) Ltd and Foodstuffs (Wellington) Co-operative Society Ltd to form Foodstuffs North Island Ltd in 2013.
“During a time of massive change, Foodstuffs North Island increased sales growth and market share which is testament to Murray’s leadership.”
Mr Anderson says the merger is on track and will be largely complete in 2015 as planned.
“Murray has set the platform for the next stage of the company’s transformation and is committed to a smooth leadership transition so that the momentum can continue,” says Mr Anderson.
“The Board will be conducting a comprehensive search for his replacement and will ensure that the transition is seamless. It’s about finding the right person and implementing a succession plan in conjunction with Murray.”
Mr Jordan says he is proud of the company, the people and is excited about the future for Foodstuffs.
“I am personally an advocate for renewal of people in top positions and next year represents a natural point in time for the next leader to take up the baton and for me to take on new challenges,” says Mr Jordan.
“It’s a privilege to lead an iconic, wholly-owned New Zealand company like Foodstuffs and the Board knows I am available to the company until it regards the leadership transition is in place.”
Murray Jordan has worked for Foodstuffs for almost 11 years, initially as General Manager of Property, Foodstuffs Auckland. He was appointed Managing Director Designate Foodstuffs Auckland in early 2010, working closely with the previous MD Tony Carter through a transition pathway until Mr Carter’s departure from the company late 2010. In February 2013 he was appointed Managing Director Designate of Foodstuffs North Island which became effective following a unanimous vote by the owner-operators of both co-operatives approving the merger.