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C&S Wholesale Grocers names new supply chain chief

Former McKesson executive to join food distributor next week

Distribution and logistics veteran Chris Smith is joining C&S Wholesale Grocers as chief supply chain officer.

C&S said Thursday that Smith is scheduled to start at the company Oct. 15. He succeeds Peter Fiore, executive vice president of distribution, who plans to retire at the end of 2018 after 26 years at C&S and over 40 years in the grocery industry.

In his new role, Smith will oversee all operations and transportation staff at C&S as well as work across the organization to improve the customer experience, according to the company, which is the biggest U.S. grocery wholesaler.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the lead supply chain company in the food industry,” Smith (left) said in a statement. “The expertise of the C&S team is a valuable asset to independently owned retailers and national supermarket chains, and I look forward to working toward our mutual successes.”

Smith brings 25 years of distribution and supply chain experience to C&S. Most recently, he was senior vice president of the Northeast region at McKesson Corp., the nation’s largest distributor of pharmaceuticals and health care products. Other roles in his 13 years at McKesson include senior vice president of operations, vice president and general manager and vice president of distribution operations.

Prior to that, Smith had a 12-year career at The Home Depot, including positions as director of logistics and director of finance for the home improvement retailer.

“Smith is a hands-on leader who believes in supporting and coaching his team,” C&S CEO Mike Duffy stated. “His significant logistics experience and positive approach to leadership will be tremendous assets as we execute on future initiatives.”

Keene, N.H.-based C&S Wholesale Grocers supplies more than 14,000 independent grocery stores, supermarket chains, military bases and other institutions. The company said it carries over 140,000 products.

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