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The Fresh Market hires new chief HR officer

Former Stein Mart exec Chris Himebauch joins leadership team

Chris Himebauch has joined The Fresh Market as senior vice president and chief human resources officer.

The Greensboro, N.C.-based specialty grocer said Himebauch becomes a member of the senior leadership team and will oversee corporate and field human resources, talent acquisition, benefits and training.

Himebauch (left) takes over the HR leadership role from Yvonne Cowser Yancy, who left the company in August. The Fresh Market had announced her appointment as senior VP and chief HR officer in January.

Previously, Himebauch served as chief HR officer for Jacksonville, Fla.-based department store chain Stein Mart. He joined the company in that role in October 2016.

“I love working in the retail industry and am especially excited about joining The Fresh Market,” Himebauch said in a statement. “I am very optimistic about the company, our team members and making The Fresh Market not only a great place to shop, but also a great place to work.”

Prior to Stein Mart, Himebauch was chief HR officer at APR Energy from December 2011 to August 2016 and senior director of field human resources at Winn-Dixie Stores from September 2007 to December 2011. Before that, he served as regional vice president of HR for Wyndham Worldwide following more than 10 years in various HR roles at Darden Restaurants.

“Bringing Chris onboard ensures that we’ll continue to offer unparalleled guest service in our stores by continuing to grow our extraordinary team members,” stated Larry Appel, CEO of The Fresh Market, which operates 161 stores in 22 states.

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