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C&S hires sales SVP

C&S Wholesale Grocers, Keene, N.H., tapped Christopher Brown for the position of SVP of Independent Sales starting Sept. 29.

“Christopher is joining C&S at a time when we are putting immense focus on our independent business,” said Rick Cohen, C&S Chairman and CEO, in a statement. “His expertise about the unique requirements of independent retailers will be a perfect complement to the strong service we already provide to our independent, chain, and large grocer customers.”

Brown comes to C&S after working as a consultant to national distributors and regional retailers, the wholesaler said. Brown worked for 11 years for Nash Finch Co., holding the position of president/chief operating officer and before that, EVP of food procurement and merchandising and EVP of food distribution.

Update 9/26: C&S appointed Alejandro Rodriguez Bas as EVP, New Business and Market Development also effective Sept. 29.

"Alejandro possesses a rare visionary quality that has allowed him to develop truly innovative market development strategies," said C&S president Mark Verdi, in a press release. "This vision, along with his extraordinary leadership style, will be a tremendous asset."

Rodriguez was most recently CEO of Grupo LALA, the largest dairy company in Latin America, and previously spent nearly a decade with PepsiCo. 

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