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Simon Kennedy joins Foodstuffs North Island as chief digital officer

Simon Kennedy joins Foodstuffs North Island as chief digital officer

Current Air NZ CIO will start new role early 2019

Simon Kennedy is the new chief digital officer at Foodstuffs North Island, taking over the role vacated by Peter Muggleston, now CIO at Tower Insurance.

Kennedy, who starts at Foodstuffs North Island early 2019, has been CIO at Air New Zealand for the past year.

 Prior to this, he was at The Warehouse Group for eight years, including four years as CIO, and has held a range of senior digital and technology roles overseas.

Joining the grocery co-operative is familiar territory for Kennedy, who comes from a family retail food business in the UK – Kennedy’s Sausages.

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Foodstuffs North Island CEO Chris Quin is looking forward to seeing Kennedy join the team next year.  

“Simon leads with strong values and a clear vision that empower his team to aim high and deliver the best results for customers,” says Quin.  

With a focus on driving strategic change through digital and cultural innovation, Simon joins us at a critical time in our own digital journey. Repositioning our CIO position to a chief digital officer role is a key part of our focus on digital customer experiences and online revenue growth.

“He brings the experience and leadership needed to really make a difference in this space at Foodstuffs North Island.”

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