Movers & Shakers

07 March, 2019 by
FMCG Business
Lisa Oldershaw will join Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd as GM.

New lead at Foodstuffs Own Brands

Pams, Value and Pams Finest will be driven by a new leader from April 1. Lisa Oldershaw will join Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd (FOBL) as General Manager with support from an exceptional team.


Lisa is currently New World Banner Manager at Foodstuffs North Island (FSNI). Since joining the team in July 2018 Lisa has worked to drive New World’s market position across the North Island. In just a few months Lisa has led the New World banner team with the right mix of innovation and challenge, while keeping things simple and always focused on what’s best for the customer.

Chris Quin, CEO FSNI says, “We had a very competitive recruitment process with several team members stepping up wanting to lead the growth of one of New Zealand’s biggest brand portfolios.  It was incredible to see the high calibre of applicants for this role from across our two co-ops and it’s exciting to see our talented team members developing into leadership roles like this; FOBL is a big part of our Foodstuffs business.

Lisa brings with her 23 years of retail experience, including Tesco in the UK where she spent 13 years in a variety of buying and category management roles. The private label business is fiercely competitive in Europe and the UK and Lisa’s understanding of this will add to FOBL’s extraordinary team and talent.

Lisa moved to New Zealand in 2007. She says, “Pams is a beloved staple in virtually all Kiwi households – and we’re only going from strength to strength. We’re now often market leader in a number of key categories.  Whether the customer is looking for superfoods, exotic spices, ready-to-baste Christmas hams, fresh salad greens, or the finest and best value Italian chopped tomatoes; Pams, Value or Pams Finest have it all.”

Current GM Rod Gibson heads off to the role as CEO at Vetcare and Animates, having made an outstanding contribution to Foodstuffs over the last 11 years.

Fonterra confirms new Chief Operating Officer, Global Consumer and Foodservice

Judith Swales, Fonterra Chief Operating Officer, Global Consumer and Foodservice.

Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell has confirmed Judith Swales to the role of Chief Operating Officer, Global Consumer and Foodservice. This follows her appointment to the role in an acting capacity earlier this year.

Hurrell says “Judith has been providing strong leadership into our Consumer and Foodservice business unit, and the momentum she has gathered deserves to be continued.”

“Judith’s strengths as a leader lie in her ability to quickly understand what needs to be done and her action-orientation – she’s very purposeful in the way she goes about things and I have every confidence in her delivering the kind of performance that people expect from us. I’m very pleased to have Judith at the helm of our Global Consumer & Foodservice business.”

Judith has worked in Fonterra since 2013 and is already a member of the executive team. She has extensive leadership experience in consumer businesses and transformation, across multiple industries, including her previous roles as Managing Director of the Co-op’s Oceania business and Chief Operating Officer of Fonterra’s transformation and innovation function.

The appointment takes effect immediately.