The effort to improve Supervalu’s struggling retail banners will be led by Anne Dament, who has rejoined the company effective immediately, Supervalu said Wednesday.
Dament most recently was charged with reinventing the grocery offering at Target Corp. but departed the company late last year.
At Supervalu, Dament will serve as SVP retail, merchandising and marketing and will report to CEO Mark Gross. In this role she will oversee the retail banner operations and retail merchandising and marketing functions of Supervalu’s retail stores, which have experienced sharp declines in sales for more than a year including a 5.7% comparable-store sales decline during the company’s recently completed third quarter.
Mark Van Buskirk previously oversaw Supervalu’s retail banners and merchandising teams. He left the company last summer.
“As we focus on improving our retail store performance, Anne's experience across varied retail and merchandising disciplines should prove extremely beneficial,” Gross said in a statement. “Anne is a dynamic, collaborative leader with great experience building and leading high performing teams through transformation and change.”
Dament, a Minnesota native, began her career at Supervalu and has more than 25 years of experience in retail, most recently serving as SVP of merchandising at Target where she oversaw food merchandising for its grocery business, including perishables, non-perishables, food service and private label brands.
Prior to joining Target, Dament spent seven years in senior level positions at PetSmart, including roles as VP of merchandising solutions and VP of services. Dament’s retail career also includes 10 years in roles of increasing responsibility for Safeway, where she held numerous category director positions, as well as the positions of VP, business unit general manager, homecare and general merchandise; group VP for Safeway.com; and group VP, perishable strategy.
“Returning to Supervalu provides a great opportunity to collaborate with grocery veterans I’ve respected throughout my career. Together, I’m looking forward to bringing a renewed energy to our retail banners,” said Dament.