It’s been an interesting first year for Pick n Pay CEO Pieter Boone. After interviewing online for a role that required a move to a new continent, he arrived to an almost empty head office during the height of Covid-19’s remote work regime. He then walked through what looked like a war zone after the KwaZulu-Natal July riots.

When Boone, who hails from the Netherlands, arrived at Pick n Pay’s Kenilworth head office in April — the nicest office that he has ever had, overlooking the green Kenilworth racecourse — there was one person to meet him. ..

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