Breville is the big cheese in this month’s movers & shakers.
Brett O’Neill, Breville’s New Zealand MD for the last 19 years, leaves on 13 December, having resigned in November and is currently keeping mum about where he’s bound in the New Year. His replacement is as yet unknown and the new recruit may turn out to be filling a more GM rather than MD role.
Reflecting the company’s plans for continued growth of the existing brand portfolio, plus new range of Nestle Dolce Gusto coffee machines and acquisition of Aquaport water filtration range, Breville has also announced several key sales appointments in recent months:
Sandy Matiu has been promoted to Field Sales Manager responsible for managing the Breville sales team and brand ambassador relationships. Sandy has been at Breville for eight years and will continue her national account management role with designated key trading partners.
Chris Hendry has been appointed National Account Manager for selected key customers and joins Breville after 11 years in a similar role at Pudney & Lee.
Nicola McConechy has been appointed Breville South Island Sales and Product Specialist and is excited to further develop the partnership with retailers in her region. Nicola has a strong background in sales and product training following her previous role with Electrolux Home Products.
Elsewhere in the industry, John and Lesley Haworth, who have been with Appnet from the start, have decided to retire at the end of this year and will have closed Haworth Betta Electrical in Te Awamutu by the time you read this. To the Haworths, all the best from Wares!
Jonathan Waecker joins The Warehouse Group in the newly created role of Chief Marketing Officer, reporting directly to Group CEO, Nick Grayston. Another keystone in TWG’s accelerating digital strategy, the former Marketing Comms VP at Yahoo will oversee the group’s marketing and communications activities and lead brand strategy and drive customer engagement.
David Woollcott, former Winning Appliances CEO, has joined Fisher & Paykel as Managing Director for the UK, Ireland and Europe. After 14 years in Australia, the UK-born Woollcott will operate out of Fisher & Paykel head office in Milton Keynes.