Countdown has announced that its general manager of merchandise, Chris Fisher, is to leave the business. Fisher has taken up a new role as group manager of merchandise for Mitre10.

"I have loved working for Countdown and I'm really proud of everything the merchandise team has achieved over the last two and a half years," said Fisher. "However, a role has come up closer to home, which will allow me to spend more time with my family."

Dave Chambers, Countdown's managing director said that Fisher had overseen some impressive accomplishments in his time at Countdown. "He has empowered our merchandise team to make data driven commercial decisions with suppliers, driven our store segmentation strategy, and made it far easier for smaller suppliers to work with us through a reformed quality assurance process," said Chambers.

“I am sorry to lose someone of Chris’ quality and commitment from the Countdown leadership team, but he has put in place very strong foundations for our buying team to continue to grow, and relentlessly pursue our business strategy.” Fisher will see out the next six months in the role in which time Countdown will appoint a successor.