Comings and Goings: February 2019

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Comings and Goings: February 2019

By Institute Staff - 01/14/2019


Campbell Soup, Camden, New Jersey

Former Pinnacle Foods CEO Mark Clouse was named Campbell Soup president and CEO. He succeeds interim president and CEO Keith McLoughlin, who will remain a director of the company and work closely with Clouse to ensure a seamless transition. Clouse brings more than 20 years of experience in the food industry, holding senior management positions at leading companies with iconic center-store brands including Mondelez International and Kraft Foods. Throughout his career, Clouse has proven an ability to enhance growth and increase value.


Ahold Delhaize, Zaandam, Netherlands

Giant Food Stores promoted Sepideh Burkett to vice president of store support from her previous role as a district director. In her new role, Burkett is responsible for bringing the grocer’s strategic plans and customer-centric strategy to life across all stores, driving store performance and ensuring consistent communication between stores and support functions. Burkett reports to John Ponnett, Giant senior vice president of retail operations. Burkett, who previously oversaw Giant’s stores in north central Pennsylvania, brings to her latest role 25 years of experience in the drug store and grocery businesses. She joined Giant in 2016 as director of special projects following several leadership roles at Walmart. Giant also promoted Rebecca Lupfer, the company’s director of merchandise planning, to the role of vice president, center store. Reporting to senior vice president and chief merchandising officer John Ruane, Lupfer oversees the management and development of the merchandising strategy for the dairy, grocery, general merchandise/health and beauty care, frozen and nonfoods departments.

Kroger, Cincinnati

Victor Smith, former vice president of merchandising for the Ralphs division, succeeded retiring Delta Division president Scot Hendricks. Smith joined Kroger in 1983 as a courtesy clerk in the Ralphs division. He advanced to other roles within the division including store manager, operations research analyst, shrink manager, operations coordinator, district manager and meat merchandiser. In 2015, he was promoted to VP of operations in the Houston division, before returning to Ralphs in his current role in 2016, where he leads merchandising, both sales and marketing, for all 191 Ralphs locations throughout Southern California.

Pier 1 Imports, Fort Worth, Texas

Pier 1 Imports board member and former Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder was named Pier 1 Imports interim CEO. She succeeds Alasdair James, who has stepped down from the company after less than two years.

Raley’s, West Sacramento, California

Deirdre Zimmermann, senior vice president, marketing and e-commerce, was promoted to chief customer experience officer. In her expanded role, Zimmermann will drive internal and external awareness of the company’s vision “to infuse life with health and happiness, by changing the way we eat, one plate at a time.” She will continue to report to president and CEO Keith Knopf. Successful in growing market share, Zimmermann has developed and implemented a targeted digital marketing strategy to gain new customers and build loyalty through Raley’s Something Extra Rewards program. She also led improvements and drove growth in the online shopping experience on Zimmermann’s added focus is to build and implement a comprehensive strategy integrating team member and customer experiences in all Raley’s stores and online.

Rite Aid, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Justin Mennen, former CompuCom chief digital officer and chief information officer, was named Rite Aid senior vice president and chief information officer. He oversees all aspects of its technology and information operations, including enterprise systems and applications, network, core infrastructure and information security. Mennen also oversees development and execution of Rite Aid’s near- and long-term information technology strategy.

SpartanNash, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Former SC Johnson chief information officer Arif Dar took on the same role at SpartanNash. He succeeded David Des Couch, who retired after serving the company for more than three decades. Dar is responsible for the development and execution of the enterprise-wide IT strategy, ensuring alignment with the enterprise’s overall business strategy, and providing strategic direction and oversight for the design, development, operation and support of IT systems and programs.


GSP, Clearwater, Florida

Former Spectrio chief revenue officer Greg Duss took on the same position at GSP. In this newly created role, Duss hires and oversees an expanded new business development team focused on pursuing new accounts and opening new retail markets for GSP. 

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