Spartan Promotes Eidson to President

Spartan Stores said Friday it has promoted Dennis Eidson to president of the company and named him to the board of directors.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spartan Stores here said Friday it has promoted Dennis Eidson to president of the company and named him to the board of directors. Eidson, who joined Spartan in 2003 as executive vice president of marketing and merchandising, had been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer in February of this year. He remains chief operating officer, and continues to report to Craig Sturken, who remains chairman and chief executive officer and relinquishes the role of president to Eidson. Under the new organizational structure, Derek Jones, executive vice president, supply chain, will report to Eidson, and Tom Berg, vice president of business development, will report to Jones. Both Jones and Berg had previously reported to Sturken. Spartan’s board expands to nine members with Eidson’s appointment, which expires in 2010. “The position of president and new reporting structure will allow us to better accommodate our continued growth,” said Sturken, who said he would focus less on day-to-day operations and more on “long-term strategic growth aspects” of the company’s business plan.

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