Mark Powell is 53, married with two daughters and originally from South Wales in the United Kingdom. He migrated permanently to New Zealand when he joined The Warehouse Group in November 2002.
Mark’s original training and management experience was in the underground coal mining industry. He changed direction in 1986, joining Iceland plc, a UK food retailer with more than 600 stores. He has since held a number of management roles in the UK, Canada and Spain, including responsibility for Wal-Mart Canada’s logistics operations, supply chain and home shopping management for Iceland plc and the logistics operations of Tesco.
Mark has been involved with The Warehouse since 2002 in various full-time, part-time and advisory capacities, including as Interim CEO of the Australian operations, Group General Manager Supply Chain and Merchandise Planning, CEO of Warehouse Stationery, prior to taking on the role of Group CEO of The Warehouse in May 2011.
Mark has Bachelor degrees in Mining Engineering and Theology, and Masters degrees in Logistics (from Cranfield) and Business (an MBA with distinction, from Cardiff). He has also attended strategic leadership courses at Harvard and INSEAD.