Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) announced this month that John Ross, current president of Inmar Promotion Network, has been named president and CEO of IGA Inc., succeeding current IGA chairman, president and CEO Mark Batenic. Ross will begin his tenure as CEO mid-October of 2017, working closely with Batenic during the transition. Batenic will remain chairman of the board until his retirement on December 31, 2018, transitioning in January of 2019 to non-executive chairman.
In his new post, Ross will assume responsibility for domestic and global operations for IGA, the world’s largest independent supermarket network with nearly 5,000 IGA supermarkets in more than 30 countries worldwide, representing $36 billion per year in sales.
Batenic, who joined IGA in 2006 as president and CEO, and has worked aggressively with his team to better position IGA retailers in the modern retail environment, says Ross is the key to unlocking IGA’s full potential. “John Ross has dedicated his career to listening to shoppers, understanding their evolving needs, and delivering differentiated experiences that inspire loyalty both in-store and online,” said Batenic. “He’s revolutionized countless brands—and even shopping as we know it—by using data-driven insight to market to shoppers in a way that makes them feel special, unique and heard. It’s a skill that will serve him well with IGA, a historic brand built around the unique and special bond that exists between IGA’s local, community-focused grocers and the friends and neighbors they serve. In a radically changing marketplace where retail is becoming more complex and shoppers more diverse every passing day, John sees change as an opportunity rather than a problem. There is no better person to work with IGA’s alliance of independent retailers, licensed wholesalers and manufacturing/service provider partners to reinvigorate this brand, and guide IGA retailers to a prosperous future.”
“We are proud to see John take this exciting next step,” said David Mounts, CEO of Inmar. “John’s contribution to Inmar in innovation, technology leadership, and business development has helped us grow our business and redefine our brand. I am confident he will bring those same skills to IGA retailers. I also expect that our relationship with IGA will continue to grow as we both work to bring advanced digital technology, prescriptive analytics and modern multi-channel logistics to the industry overall.” Ross will remain a member of Inmar’s strategic advisory board.