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SpartanNash promotes Staples, Jones

SpartanNash on Tuesday announced that it had promoted Dave Staples to chief operating officer and Derek Jones to president of wholesale and distribution operations. Both appointments were effective March 1.

Staples, who is also SpartanNash’s CFO, will continue to serve that role while the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based company searches for a new CFO. Jones most recently served as EVP, food distribution.

Dave Staples
Dave Staples

As COO, Staples will oversee all three operating segments of the company: retail, wholesale and military distribution. His appointment will enable CEO Dennis Eidson to focus more of his time on the company’s long term strategic plans and potential growth opportunities, the company said.

“This appointment is part of our robust three year integration plan,” Eidson said in a statement. “The size and scope of SpartanNash today demands a dedicated Chief Operating Officer. We are pleased to have had such an exceptional internal candidate.”

As CFO, Staples helped guide the company from $1.98 billion in 2003 to $7.9 billion in 2014.

“Dave’s leadership was critical to our ‘game changing’ merger of Spartan Stores and The Nash Finch Company in November of 2013. He also has been an instrumental and respected member of our executive team, helping to define our strategic direction, drive our customer centric business model and cultivate strong customer relationships.”

Staples has served as the company’s EVP and CFO since 2000. In this capacity, Staples directed finance, real estate, the treasurer’s department, internal audit, risk management and information technology. Prior to joining SpartanNash, Staples held positions with Kmart and Arthur Andersen. He is a certified public accountant.

Derek Jones
Derek Jones

Jones will report to Staples and oversee the entire supply chain, including military supply chain operations. “This streamlined approach is critical to our mission to leverage our expertise in food distribution and retail to develop, activate and provide impactful solutions that exceed expectations for associates, customers and partners,” Eidson said. “Derek’s extensive experience and expertise in food distribution will result in increased efficiencies and a ‘one way’ operation with his leadership.”

As EVP of food distribution, Jones embraced SpartanNash’s customer focus core value and cultivated and strengthened relationships with the company’s independent customers operating 2,100 locations. Jones has also successfully driven growth as a value added distributor while directing the operations of SpartanNash’s wholesale and supply chain operations, including warehousing, transportation, new business development, replenishment, and customer service.


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In his expanded role, Jones will now oversee the military operations supply chain. Jones joined the company in 2006 from Unisource Worldwide, where he served as VP of distribution for the company’s eastern region covering 35 states, 48 distribution centers, and $3 billion in annual delivery sales. Jones has also held senior operations management positions with Office Depot, Walgreen’s, and Wal-Mart Stores.

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