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Katherine Rich To Head Food & Grocery Council

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26 November 2008 - The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is delighted to announce that Katherine Rich will become the new CEO from March next year.

Katherine comes to us with an impressive career in politics and business behind her, said Peter McClure Chairman of the NZFGC.

'Katherine was a highly respected Member of Parliament for nine years and her decision to retire from politics at the last election was greeted with sadness right across the political spectrum" he said. "We believe that she will have the competence, drive and political understanding to take over from Brenda Cutress who is standing down after twenty superb years in this role.

"Brenda has been a dedicated and respected advocate for the food and grocery industry." said Mrs Rich. "This industry represents over $18 billion of sales and exports to our country and I will play a part in ensuring it has a strong voice in Wellington and nationally.

After completing a B.Com and BA at Otago University she worked at MAF, FRST and then as marketing Manager for Alliance Textiles. Before entering politics she was General Manager for an international agri-business company.

In Parliament from 1999 she served as a front-bench Opposition MP for six years, including roles as spokesperson for Education, Economic Development, SOEs, Welfare and Employment, ACC, Broadcasting, Tourism, and Arts Culture and Heritage. She chaired the Commerce Select Committee and served on the Health, Social Services, Primary Production Committees.

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council (FGC) represents the manufacturers and suppliers behind New Zealand's favourite food, beverage and grocery brands.

These businesses, which include some of our biggest companies, and largest exporters, make up the FMCG industry, a major contributor to the New Zealand economy. The products they supply, all household names, fall into the dynamic category known as Fast Moving Consumer Goods.

The FMCG industry represents $15 billion in retail sales, $3.5 billion in exports, and directly or indirectly employs 148,000 people.

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