Executive Team

Sanford people have a passion for the seafood industry and a depth of loyalty to our company that is truly unique. Our quality assurance, brand, sales and supply chain logistics teams are fully integrated with our fishing, farming and processing operations, to consistently deliver a superior high quality, safe product.

Our leaders’ role is to develop and nurture an environment that empowers our people to be the best they can be.

Meet the exec team.

Volker Kuntzsch - Chief Executive Officer

Volker has a distinguished international career in the fishing industry spanning 25 years. He was formerly the President of Nippon Suisan (USA), and President and CEO of King & Price Seafood Corp in Brunswick, Georgia, USA. His former appointments include Global Marketing Director for Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd in Tokyo, Managing Director of Hangana Seafood in Namibia, and he has had senior roles with Unilever Europe in Germany and the United Kingdom.

Volker was educated in South Africa, where he gained a Master of Science from the University of Stellenbosch.

Volker’s experience in creating awareness of seafood sustainability includes development of the Marine Stewardship Council certification of key fisheries and he played a key role in the early accreditation of the New Zealand Hoki fishery.


Clement Chia - Chief Operating Officer

Clement has moved into the COO role at Sanford from his position as Chief Financial Officer. He brings with him a deep understanding of the business including all it's financial management and reporting, legal, risk, treasury and information technology.

Clement also has extensive experience in business transformation, Clement has a diverse background having worked in FMCG, timber, forestry and service industries prior to joining Sanford. His most recent role was as the CFO of Griffin’s Foods Limited, New Zealand’s largest snack food company.


Stuart Houliston - Acting Chief Financial Officer

Stuart is an experienced senior manager in both the seafood business and in accounting practice, with a proven track record of leading teams to deliver on their shared goals. He is clearly focused on adding value to the companies he is associated with and has a keen commercial appreciation of the operations and pressures faced by companies within the New Zealand and international markets.

Stuart is a strong believer in team development through building strong team dynamics and through good communication and acknowledgement of success.

After beginning his career in FMCG in the United Kingdom, Stuart then moved into accounting practice in London where he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He moved to New Zealand in 2001 with his family and served in a number of roles, finally as a director in Audit, for KPMG until 2013 when he joined Sanford.


Andre Gargiulo - Chief Customer Officer

Andre is a highly regarded senior executive with a proven track record for driving revenue and profit growth. He has extensive business strategy, leadership, consumer marketing and general management experience.

His career to date has seen him work with a number of household brands such as Coca-Cola and Sara Lee and holding significant responsibility for B2B relationship including major supermarket chains across Australia and New Zealand. Andrés last role was Country Manager at Cerebos Gregg’s.

He is a member of The Institute of Directors and has held directorships for Dominion Salt Limited, Skellerup NZ Limited, Atomic Coffee Limited and Láffare Coffee Limited.

Andre leads Sanford’s sales, marketing, consumer, commercial, Australian business and innovation activities.


Karen Duffy - Chief People Officer

Karen is a strong believer that people are vital to the success of any company, and is passionate about creating a culture of trust and contribution to breed success.

Karen’s most recent experience is with Fonterra Brands as their GM Human Resources. She performed this role since 2011. Prior to that she spent 5 years as HR Manager NZ with Bluebird Foods Ltd., a PepsiCo ANZ company.

Her track record underlines her commitment to the human resources function and her ability to add great value to the strategic direction of the company she works for.

Karen has a Master of Business Studies (Human Resource Management), a Post Graduate Diploma of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Japanese.