Woolworths Food Group has announced that Dave Chambers will return to New Zealand to take up the role of Managing Director of Progressive Enterprises again. He will lead a team of 18,000 and a network of 183 Countdown stores, starting on 1st February 2016.
Chambers has spent the past year as Director of Woolworths Supermarkets in Australia. Previously, he was Managing Director of Progressive Enterprises from July 2011 to January 2015 and has served the company since 1979 and his retail management experience has stretched across store, area and divisional management roles.
Brad Banducci, Managing Director of Woolworths Food Group says, “Dave has made an important contribution to Woolworths during the past year and I know he will provide strong leadership to the Progressive Enterprises business into the future.”
Chambers says, “While I have a long standing history with Progressive, returning in 2016 is really a new beginning. I’ve loved working in Sydney over the past 12 months and am looking forward to rejoining a great team that is focussed on bringing the best prices and a terrific shopping experience to Countdown customers.”
Pat McEntee, who has been Acting Managing Director, will return to Australia to take up a senior role in the Food business.