Felicity Needham, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners appointed to AACS Board

The Australian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) has voted to appoint Felicity Needham, Convenience & Petrol General Manager, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP), as Supplier Board Director.

The Board position was formerly held by Theo Foukkare and became available due to his appointment as the new CEO of AACS.

AACS supplier members were asked to nominate who they wanted to see representing them on the AACS Board and a shortlist of six candidates were named, with members ultimately voting on Needham’s appointment.

Needham, who has more than 10 years of leadership experience within the petrol and convenience channel, said that it is a truly exciting channel to represent.

“My experience throughout the years has allowed me to get an understanding of customer and the uniqueness of the customer base which varies by state and region and is important to acknowledge on the customer focused journey,” she said.

“What I have enjoyed about the channel is the opportunity to test and learn and it has been such a great development opportunity not only for myself but also the suppliers in the industry.

“I would look to play a key role on the board to support the ongoing evolution of the channel to ensure future growth maintaining competitiveness and relevance in the face of channel blurring and changing consumer needs. It is an exciting opportunity to support the board and their key focus areas moving forward.”

Theo Foukkare, CEO, AACS, congratulated Needham on her appointment and explained the importance of the position.

“The AACS constitution allows for three Supplier Directors to be the voice and represent the interests of all suppliers on the Board. AACS Board Members are leaders in the industry, respected by retailers and suppliers for their vision and passion of convenience retail.

“In light of my appointment to the role of CEO, the Board sought nominations and we were extremely pleased that six industry leaders made themselves available for the role.

“I wanted to personally congratulate Felicity Needham from Coca-Cola Europacific Partners in being elected to the role of Supplier Director.

“Felicity’s deep knowledge of the channel is second to none and she is one of the most passionate leaders that I know. Whether you are talking to her about people, retail, innovation, or trends, her understanding and insight shines through.

“The Board is extremely pleased that Felicity is joining us at a time that the Association has a renewed energy and focus.

“We would also like to thank the five other supplier candidates that were nominated, including Xavier Shortal (Mars Wrigley), Ryan Price (Pacific Optics), Matthew Dodson (Patties Foods), Kirsten Dagger-Nickson (Imperial Brands) and Steve Wrightson (Suntory Coffee).

“The Board is very thankful for your interest in the role of AACS Supplier Director, you are all truly genuine leaders of the industry.”

Needham will serve as Supplier Director for a term of three years. AACS Supplier Board Members represent the interests of manufacturers, distributors, service providers, as well as focus on outcomes for retailers and the industry.

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