Carney Named CFO of Bi-Lo/Winn-Dixie

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie Store [3]s here said Bennett Nussbaum, currently chief financial officer, will leave that position and become integration lead following the completion of the company’s acquisition by Bi-Lo [4].

Brian Carney, currently executive vice president and CFO of Bi-Lo, will become CFO of the combined companies, Winn-Dixie said in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Before joining Bi-Lo as EVP and CFO in 2005, Carney held the same position with Jo-Ann Stores from 1997 to 2005, and had previously held financial positions with Revco and with accounting firm Arthur Anderson & Co.

As previously reported, Randall Onstead, the current chairman of Bi-Lo, will be the chief executive officer of the combined companies after the merger. Both Nussbaum and Carney will report to him.

Separately, Winn-Dixie said it has scheduled a March 9 special shareholders meeting to vote on the planned merger, in which Bi-Lo has offered $9.50 per share, or about $560 million, to acquire Winn-Dixie.