Bly Exits Shoppers; Gleeson, Nye Will Act As Interim Co-Presidents

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Bob Bly, who was named president of Shoppers Food & Pharmacy just about a year ago, has left the organization, parent company Supervalu announced last month.

Heading the 56 store regional chain on an interim basis are industry veterans Bob Gleeson, VP-merchandising, and Micky Nye, VP-operations. A search is currently under way for a new president of the Bowie, MD-based retailer.

“I want to thank Bob for the contributions he made during his time at Shoppers and wish him all the best going forward,” said Sam Duncan, Supervalu’s president and chief executive officer. “He helped guide the retail banner through a time of significant change at Supervalu and his leadership is greatly appreciated.”

“In the near-term, I’m pleased we have two very capable leaders in Bob Gleeson and Micky Nye able to immediately take over the day-to-day leadership at Shoppers,” Duncan continued. “Both have vast knowledge of the grocery industry and broad experience that will serve Shoppers well through this transition.”

Gleeson and Nye have more than 20 years of grocery industry experience. Gleeson began his career at Shoppers under the original ownership of the Herman family and Nye, a New Hampshire native, spent many years in store operations management at Shaw’s in New England and Albertsons in Southern California (both former Supervalu regional chains) before shifting to Shoppers in 2011. They both will report to Mark Van Buskirk, executive VP-merchandising, marketing and retail.

Bly was an associate of Tim Lowe, former president of Shoppers and executive VP of Supervalu, who left shortly after Cerberus Capital Management gained controlled of Supervalu last March and installed a new management team. Both Lowe and Bly worked together at Meijer, Inc. Bly joined Shoppers from Sears Holdings.