AUSFEC (The Distributors) has announced the appointment of Brett Barclay as its new Chairman, following the resignation of Theo Foukkare.

Foukkare was appointed as Chairman of The Distributors in October 2020 but stepped down when he accepted a new role as CEO of the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS).

Barclay told C&I that he was looking forward to heading up the Board and playing a key role in supporting the future development of The Distributors business.

“I am delighted to be offered the opportunity as Chair of The Distributors and look forward to working with the Board, providing leadership, and acting as an important link between the board and management.

“I have provided industry insights to The Distributors for many years and know they are passionate about improving their business, so I look forward to supporting them in their endeavours,” he said.

A statement issued by George Tsapoutas, General Manager, The Distributors, welcomed Barclay to the Board, and provided some insights into his credentials.

“Brett Barclay is a founding director of Convenience Measures Australia (CMA) a business focused on providing research, insights and support to the convenience channel in Australia.

“Brett has over 25 years’ experience in the impulse channel and previous to his role at CMA, worked for both PepsiCo and Cadbury Schweppes.

“Brett presents his channel insights regularly as an industry speaker, writes the AACS State of Industry Report and has been a Non-Executive Director of the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) since 2008.

“In 2019 Brett became the Regional Representative in Australia & New Zealand for NACS.

“Please join me in welcoming Brett to the Board of The Distributors, I look forward to working with Brett.”

Barclay will officially take over as Chairman of The Distributors on 25 March.

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