The proposed new six-person board would be comprised of these corporate executives: Richard A. Anicetti, a 38-year veteran of the retail food industry who has spent nearly a third of his career serving as a CEO, including The Fresh Market and Food Lion; Steven H. Baer, an executive with over 40 years of executive leadership and business turnaround experience, including as a partner of High Ridge Partners, a private turnaround, restructuring and financial consulting firm; Robert “Chris” Kreidler, an experienced C-level executive with some of the largest foodservice and food distribution companies, including Sysco and C&S; Frank Lazaran, a veteran of the food industry, with over 40 years of experience including as serving as CEO of Marsh Supermarkets and Winn-Dixie; James; J. Martell, a veteran public company director with experience in logistics and transportation, including serving on the board of Mobile Mini Inc. and XPO Logistics, Inc.; and Sandra E. Taylor, who has had a long career in corporate social responsibility, with experience as CEO of Sustainable Business International LLC, an independent consultancy which specializes in social responsibility for global businesses; and as senior VP-corporate social responsibility for Starbucks Corporation.
In the Mid-Atlantic, Supervalu announced some staffing changes to its East region wholesale operations. Joe Della Noce, VP of sales, a veteran of 30 years with Supervalu and its predecessor company, Richfood, will retire at the end of July. Another Supervalu veteran, Mark Gossett, who shared VP-sales duties with Della Noce and supervised the Southeast, will now oversee all sales for the east region. He will relocate from Atlanta to Mechanicsville, VA and report to Bill Chew, Supervalu’s senior VP-sales. Mike Danes has been named to fill Gossett’s former post in Atlanta. Additionally, Leon Bergmann, president of Supervalu’s west region, has left the company and joined Harvest/Sherwood, a San Diego-based foodservice and retail distributor, as CEO.
And by the end of this month, the second largest Supervalu-owned retail chain, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, Bowie, MD, will officially shift its merchandising to the Cub Foods headquarters in Stillwell, MN. About 40 associates will be impacted including president Bob Gleeson, who was with Shoppers for more than 30 years.
It’s going to be a busy and critical next four weeks for Supervalu (including its annual national trade show in late July). Stay tuned.