Busch’s Fresh Food Market said that Mike Brooks has been appointed president and CEO, succeeding John Busch, who has led the company for 31 years and is now assuming the role as chairman. Busch’s board of directors approved these leadership changes as part of the company’s succession plan strategy.
As president and CEO, Brooks will be responsible for the oversight of the 15-store company, based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Prior to joining Busch’s, Brooks was president and COO for iControl, a SaaS technology company based in Burtonsville, Md. He has spent more than 25 years in various executive positions including roles leading strategy, operations, analytics, human resources and merchandising at both Delhaize America and Supervalu.
John Busch joined the family-owned chain independent chain in 1983 after his father Joe, who co-founded the company in 1975 with Charlie Mattis, retired. Under Busch’s leadership, Busch's expanded from two locations to 15 throughout southeast Michigan.
“In the Board of Directors’ consideration for Busch’s next president and CEO, it was Mike’s extensive experience and keen understanding of the retail grocery industry that made him the standout candidate for the position,” Busch said in a statement. “To ensure a seamless transition, we knew we needed a dynamic team builder and solid visionary leader and we are confident that we have found that in Mike.”
Brooks holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Union Institute and University of Cincinnati, and a master's degree in organizational leadership from the College of Mount St. Joseph. A native of Ohio, Brooks and his family have relocated to Brighton, Mich.
"I am excited and honored for this opportunity and look forward to working with the Busch’s team," said Brooks. “Having experienced many different formats and sized organizations over my career, I was impressed by Busch’s reputation of being that local neighborhood market that focuses on quality and personal service, and I am committed to building on that already strong foundation for our customers, associates and stakeholders."
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