Otto to Succeed Harper as H-E-B's Chief Merchant

H.E. Butt Grocery Co. said yesterday that Martin Otto will become chief merchant effective Jan. 1, 2010.

SAN ANTONIO — H.E. Butt Grocery Co. here said yesterday that Martin Otto will become chief merchant effective Jan. 1, 2010. Otto has been with H-E-B for 18 years, and is the company's chief financial officer – a position that he will continue to hold.

Otto assumes the role of chief merchant from Steve Harper, who plans to transition into "semi-retirement," the company said. Plans call for Harper to continue to work with H-E-B on a part-time basis, mentoring key leaders within t

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