AFTER 37 years, Tommy Foggo is leaving the Sanford seafood company in Bluff to try the semi-retired life on for size.
Mr Foggo started his career with Sanford in Bluff as a production manager in 1980 with just six staff.
He will leave behind a strong salmon and aquaculture business with 190 employees, farming
and processing about 6000 tonnes of seafood every year.
Sanford chief operating officer Greg Johansson said Mr Foggo’s contribution had been massive.
“His departure will leave a big gap in the business, which will be a challenge to fill. However, he will definitely leave it a better place and we’re delighted he’ll be working with us to make sure his vast knowledge and experience is passed on to the next generation of managers.”
Mr Foggo will continue working full-time with Sanford until the end of the year.
Mr Foggo established the Youth Development Southland Regional Trust to oversee Kiwi Can in Southland.
He was also involved in setting up the Bluff Oyster Festival and has served on boards of many different companies, including Invercargill Airport (where he is the current chairman) and South Port.