11 October 2017

Countdown has appointed the Head of Produce for Woolworths Australia, Scott Davidson, as its General Manager Merchandise.

Mr Davidson has been in his current role with Woolworths since December 2013 and was previously Merchandise Manager – Packaged and International Foods. He has also managed a wide range of supermarket categories for Woolworths including drinks, private brands and pet needs.

Countdown Managing Director Dave Chambers says Mr Davidson has 20 years’ experience, and comes from leading a team of 120 at Woolworths, and responsible for buying, operations, and quality.

“He has proven merchandise management expertise with an emphasis on strategic planning, brand development and global sourcing.

“He’s described by many as a visionary leader who values partnering with suppliers to create sustainable outcomes and great results.”

Mr Davidson says he has worked directly and indirectly with the Countdown team for the past eight years. 

“I’ve spent quite some time in New Zealand, and during this time I’ve been impressed with the team’s open, innovative and customer centric thinking, and I’m looking forward to supporting them to achieve their goals.”

He starts near the end of the year.