New Zealand King Salmon is pleased to announce (18-05-2011) the appointment of Grant Rosewarne as its new Chief Executive to succeed Paul Steere who recently announced his intention to pursue other business interests after 15 years strong stewardship, said Tom Sturgess, the Chairman.
This appointment follows an extensive search process undertaken for the Board who were pleased to review an excellent list of candidates.
Grant is a successful business leader with an excellent track record of profitable growth and market leading innovation in the consumer goods sector. He has had significant international experience in Britain, Europe and Australasia.
Grant comes to New Zealand King Salmon after a very successful career with Sara Lee Corporation where he ultimately achieved the position of Chairman of the UK and Ireland. Grant was instrumental in the outstanding market success in Australasia of the ‘Moccona’ coffee brand and in the United Kingdom for the successful launch of ‘Senseo’ Coffee Machines and Pods (together with Philips Appliances). Grant’s early career was spent with Unilever Australia where he started in Production Management and Quality Assurance roles before moving into Brand Management in the ‘Flora’ margarine business – where he was responsible for building Unilever’s portfolio of ‘Heart Health’ products.
Grant has a very strong understanding of the Australian food and grocery industry. He has also been the Chairman of the British Coffee Association. He enjoys a reputation within Sara Lee for leadership, innovation and successful brand building.
Grant is married with three children, and will be moving to Nelson with his family. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemistry and Microbiology from the South Australian Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management – University of New South Wales. Grant is looking forward to the opportunity of joining a market leading New Zealand business with outstanding international opportunities for its differentiated and value added salmon products.