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John Journee joins Farmlands Board of Directors

John Journee has joined the Farmlands Co-operative Board as an Independent Director.

John Journee.John brings extensive experience in both retail operations and governance to Farmlands. He has had a 15-year association with The Warehouse Group in both governance and operational roles, including a current role as non-executive Director.

John is also a past CEO of Noel Leeming and Southern Hospitality, past Chairman of Powershop, Flux Federation and Max Fashions, and is a past Director of Ezibuy.

Following the announcement, John said he was looking forward to working alongside the Farmlands Board. The co-operative last year announced a net profit before tax and rebate of $12.2m (more than double its 2017 result), with $6.1m of that being distributed back to shareholders through a Bonus Rebate.


“I am impressed by Farmlands’ clear strategic vision and in particular their focus on outstanding customer service, as evidenced by them winning the KPMG Customer Experience Excellence Award last year,” John says.


“I look forward to working with the Board to take this strategic vision even further. The Farmlands Board of Directors is ambitious about what they want to achieve and I’m delighted to be joining them.”

Farmlands Chairman, Lachie Johnstone said John’s considerable experience across multiple sectors made him an outstanding candidate to support the co-operative through its next phase of progress.

“We always seek to find Independent Directors that bring unique skill-sets that complement those already at the Board table,” Lachie says. “John’s proven history of excellence in the retail sector is an ideal fit for our network of 82 Farmlands stores nationwide.

“We are pleased he has chosen to join us and following a comprehensive selection process, we look forward to having his knowledge and experience at our Board table.”

John joined the Farmlands Board of Directors in December, replacing the retiring Peter Wilson as an Independent Director. Lachie paid tribute to Peter’s service to Farmlands.

“Peter spent 10 years on the Board and was a guiding hand in the merger between CRT and Farmlands,” Lachie says. “His extensive business and pan-industry experience has proved invaluable to the co-operative.”

John is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.