Wakefern Food Corp., the nation’s largest retailer-owned cooperative, has hired Erik Keptner as its SVP of marketing. Keptner brings nearly 20 years of industry experience to his new role, in which he will create marketing and merchandising strategies that build upon the co-op’s legacy of successful retail brands.
Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) has made two organizational changes: Scott Welman is now EVP and chief development officer, and Stephanie Becker is now SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary, succeeding Welman.
Michael P. D’Amour, EVP of Springfield, Mass.-based Big Y Foods Inc. has been elected as a corporate director on the company’s board. D’Amour will continue in his corporate role of overseeing sales, marketing, distribution and merchandising for Big Y.
Dan Croce has departed his SVP role at Albertsons’ Philadelphia-based Acme Markets division this week to join Sprouts Farmers Market as SVP of the Phoenix-based retailer’s eastern division.
The manager of nutrition services and food production for Kenny Family ShopRites was selected by Retail Dietitians Business Alliance to receive its highest annual honor.
Big Y Foods Inc. has appointed John W. Schnepp III to the position of VP of marketing. Reporting to EVP Michael P. D’Amour, Schnepp will continue to oversee all marketing and advertising for the Springfield, Mass.-based grocer.
Jan Hommen is set to become chairman of the supervisory board at Ahold Delhaize on April 11 with the retirement of Mats Jansson.
Jim Donald, a former president and CEO of Starbucks, today was appointed president and chief operating officer of Albertsons Companies, effective immediately. He replaces Wayne Denningham, who retired in January.
Steve Oakland will take the reins of the private label manufacturer. He will replace Sam K. Reed, who will serve as non-executive chairman of the board through July 1 and then retire from the company.