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Sanford's Bluff manager to semi-retire at year end
Southland Times, Southland  06 Sep 2017
General News - page 3 - 286 words - ID 839452745 - Photo: Yes - Type: News Item - Size: 157.00cm2

After 37 years, Tommy Foggo is leaving Sanford in Bluff.

Foggo started his career with Sanford as a production manager in 1980 with just six staff.

He leaves behind a salmon and aquaculture business with 190 employees, farming and processing around 6000 metric tonnes of New Zealand seafood every year.

Sanford chief operating officer Greg said Foggo's contribution had been massive.

"We will be sad to say goodbye to Tommy Foggo and his departure will leave a big gap in the business which will Tommy 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."

Foggo has also made his mark outside Sanford. He established the Youth Development Southland Regional Trust to oversee Kiwi Can in Southland, and worked to kick-start the funding for the programme locally.

Foggo was also involved in setting up the Bluff Oyster Festival and has served on the boards of many different compan ies over the years, including Invercargill Airport (where he is the current chairman) and South Port.

Foggo said he would miss his team.

"I've had quite an emotional day today of calling people to tell them the news - 110 calls and counting and it's really Foggo brought home to me what a great run it's been here.

"My heart will always be with Sanford and I'll certainly just be on the other end of the phone if they ever need anything. I have worked with some wonderful people and I wish them all the best."

Foggo will work fulltime until the end of the year.

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