“We are moving quickly to reinvigorate Supervalu, and that starts with leadership,” said Sales. “The changes I have made to my executive team are designed to address two of our most immediate priorities: driving profitable sales in our retail stores and taking costs out of the business. These efforts are critical to our successful turnaround.”
To address profitable sales growth, Kevin Holt has taken on an expanded role as president of Supervalu-retail. In this position, Holt will drive the overall strategy for the company’s traditional retail and pharmacy divisions, including overseeing the marketing and merchandising functions. He will work closely with Sales and his leadership team to clearly develop the company’s strategic platform. Holt came to Supervalu in May from Hudsonville Ice Cream and Kilwin’s Quality Confections inMichigan, where he was the president. Prior to that role he spent three years with Sears Holding Company (Sears/Kmart) and 13 years with Meijer, working in leadership positions of increasing responsibility in retail, information technology and strategic planning.
As part of this change, executive VP and chief marketing officer Michael Moore will now report to Holt, as will Tim Lowe, who has been promoted to executive VP-merchandising. With nearly 20 years of retail experience, Lowe most recently served as Supervalu’s senior VP-merchandising and served as president of the company’s Shoppers Food & Pharmacy division from 2010-2012.
In addition, Janel Haugarth has accepted the newly created position of executive VP- business optimization and process improvement. She will be responsible for identifying and executing strategies to make Supervalu a more streamlined, effective organization. During her 35-year career with Supervalu, Haugarth has had leadership-level exposure to every area of the company, and has been instrumental in developing and implementing successful business strategies. Most recently she was EVP-merchandising and logistics. The company noted that with Haugarth’s full-time focus on enterprise-wide optimization it will consolidate logistics and procurement leadership under Fred Boehler, who will now report directly to Sales as the senior VP-supply chain.
“The team we have in place includes exceptional leaders whose combined experience will help lead us through the revitalization of our business,” said Sales. “I believe this new leadership alignment will allow us to act quickly, efficiently and effectively to drive the successful turnaround of Supervalu.”
The company also named a new president of its 56 store Baltimore-Washington Shoppers Food & Pharmacy division. Robert Bly, a former Sears/Kmart executive, was named to the post last month. Bly worked with Kevin Holt, both at Sears/Kmart and Meijer.