MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU) today announced changes to its executive leadership team. Anne Dament has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Retail, Marketing and Private Brands effective immediately.
Dament joined SUPERVALU in January 2017 and has made significant contributions to SUPERVALU, including developing a strong plan and implementation strategy to improve the company’s retail division, reorganizing multiple retail merchandise groups, consolidating wholesale and retail marketing efforts and driving new product introductions. With respect to new products, she has brought new ideas and direction to SUPERVALU’s portfolio, including launching over 350 new private label items this year, and developed other innovative solutions, such as SUPERVALU’s recent launch of its national Quick & Easy meal solution program.
“Anne is a smart, creative, and dynamic leader and has made a significant impact on our team in a short time frame,” said Mark Gross, SUPERVALU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Over the last year, she’s set a positive vision for our retail initiatives, particularly here in Minnesota, introduced exciting new product innovation to wholesale and retail, and brought greater collaboration between our retail and wholesale teams.”
SUPERVALU also announced today that Karla Robertson, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, will resign from her position effective November 17, 2017 to join Pentair plc.
“Karla is a highly respected leader who has been a tremendous asset to this company and to me personally,” said Gross. “She has been a great member of the executive team and contributor toward our growth and transformation. Not only has she provided excellent legal advice but she has also served an invaluable role as business partner and advisor to all of us. I thank Karla for her service to our company over the past eight years and wish her all the best.”
Stuart McFarland has been appointed Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary effective November 18, 2017. McFarland has worked at SUPERVALU since 2010 in positions of increasing responsibility and currently serves as Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary focusing on corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate governance. Prior to joining SUPERVALU, McFarland was an associate at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Los Angeles. McFarland earned his bachelor of arts degree in Economics from the University of Florida and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he graduated summa cum laude.
Gross continued, “Looking forward, we are very excited to have Stuart as our General Counsel as we continue our transformation and focus on organic and new growth opportunities. Stuart is an extremely intelligent, insightful, and hard-working leader who will hit the ground running with his knowledge of SUPERVALU and our industry.”
About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $16 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,337 stores composed of 3,120 wholesale primary stores operated by customers serviced by SUPERVALU's food distribution business and 217 traditional retail grocery stores operated under five retail banners in six geographic regions (store counts as of September 9, 2017). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 31,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.