PAK'nSAVE Tauranga owner Dean Waddell has a long history with the Foodstuffs co-operative and he was recently appointed as the new Chairman of the Board for Foodstuffs North Island.

A third-generation grocer, Dean began working in the family supermarket, New World Brookfield, at the age of thirteen. 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. 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,” said Dean Waddell, Chairman of Foodstuffs North Island.

Dean Waddell is a passionate member of the Foodstuffs co-operative and was appointed to the Foodstuffs Board in January 2010, becoming Deputy Chairperson in 2013.

“Dean’s appointment as Chairman of the Board is a testament to his business experience, leadership, drive and is a positive future outlook for the co-op,” said Chris Quin, Foodstuffs North Island CEO.

Former Chairman of the Board Peter Anderson who retired late last year commented, “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.”