Anthony Hucker has joined Southeastern Grocers as the company's new COO, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based company said Tuesday.
Hucker most recently served as president and COO of Schnuck Markets, a St. Louis-based retailer. Hucker has also served as president of Giant Food and served on the executive board of its parent, Ahold USA. Hucker also has experience with Walmart and Aldi in the U.S. and Europe.
"I am delighted that Anthony has joined Southeastern Grocers given his wealth of experience within the grocery industry, both within the United States and overseas," Ian McLeod, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, said in a statement. "I am confident that Anthony will make a significant contribution to the performance of Southeastern Grocers."
Southeastern operates the Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo and Harveys chains.
Hucker spent seven years at Walmart in a variety of leadership positions, both in the United States and internationally. He began as CIO of the Americas, formed a global format development division and then became head of strategy and business development for Walmart USA.
He began his career in the European retail industry as a food industry analyst reporting on pan-European stocks to the City of London. He then worked for 10 years with Aldi, where he served in a variety of leadership assignments in Germany, Austria and the United States. He was part of the original startup team that set up Aldi UK.
Hucker left Giant in September of 2013 and shortly afterward was named chief strategy officer at Schnucks. He was promoted to president in June of 2014 left the company in November, a Schnucks spokesman told SN. Schnucks has not yet named a successor to Hucker.
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