Robert “Bob” Hardester has been tapped to be the new CIO at Schnuck Markets, reporting to COO Anthony Hucker. Hardester will also serve on the senior management team that sets the direction for the St. Louis-based company.
Hardester follows Mark Zimmerman who recently announced his intention to leave the company but agreed to stay on to help on board his successor.
“We are very excited to have Bob on our team,” said Hucker. “His experience will further our efforts to be a world class IT organization with systems, tools and analytics that offer a greater understanding of what our customers want from Schnucks as we deliver on our mission of nourishing people’s lives.”
Most recently Hardester served as VP of corporate systems at Express Scripts in St. Louis where he was responsible for application development. Prior to that, he served as CIO both at Furniture Brands International in St. Louis and at General Electric in the Commercial Distribution Finance division in Chicago.
“The Schnucks executive team is interested in moving forward in ways that appeal to the individual customer rather than to the masses. That requires more analytics and more emphasis on consumer trends,” Hardester said. “Maintaining a secure IT environment is a top priority in today’s retail world, but Schnucks is a company that wants to do more with IT — leveraging segmentation, merchandising, mobile APPs, social networking and using what is learned to help deliver positive and exciting in-store experiences.”
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