Third generation grocer reaches the top
A third generation grocer is taking the next step in his career after being appointed as the new board chairman for Foodstuffs North Island.
PAK’nSAVE Tauranga owner Dean Waddell has a long history with the Foodstuffs co-operative, he began working in the family supermarket, New World Brookfield, at the age of 13.
He studied at Massey University and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Studies before returning to work at New World. Dean purchased the supermarket in February 1992 and after 21 years at the helm sold the business in March 2013, moving onto PAK’nSAVE Tauranga on Cameron Road in April 2013.
“I am very proud of our family’s long history in the supermarket industry. After 26 years as a co-op member it is a privilege to chair the board of Foodstuffs North Island,” says Dean.
“We have a 95-year history of serving New Zealand communities and to play an important part in our next stage of growth is very exciting.”
Dean is a passionate member of the Foodstuffs co-operative and was appointed to the Foodstuffs board in January 2010, becoming deputy chairperson in 2013.
Foodstuffs North Island CEO Chris Quin says, “Dean’s appointment as chairman is testament to his business experience, leadership, drive and positive future outlook for the co-op.”
Former chairman Peter Anderson, who retired late last year, says, “Dean has my full support, and that of all the Directors, and he will do an excellent job of leading the board into a new and exciting chapter for our co-op.”