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Stater Bros. Markets CEO Pete Van Helden has also been named vice chairman of the board of directors of Stater Bros. Holdings Inc.

Stater Bros. Holdings adds two new board members

Janel Haugarth and Sean Varner appointed to board of directors of retailer’s parent company

Stater Bros. Holdings Inc., the parent company of Stater Bros. Markets, which operates 170 stores in Southern California, has named Janel Haugarth and Sean Varner to the company’s board of directors.

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Haugarth (left) is currently president of Highpoint Retail, LLC. She has over 40 years of extensive experience in the food wholesale and retail grocery industry including the areas of procurement, pricing, logistics, transportation, finance, technology services and sales. Her most recent supermarket industry role included responsibility for the supply chain network including the transportation fleet and 18 distribution centers serving over 800 independent and franchised grocery retail store owners.

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Varner (right) is the managing partner of Varner & Brandt LLP, a leading business law firm in Southern California’s Inland Empire region. He has over 25 years of legal and business expertise focusing on corporate and business law, real estate transactions, real estate development and land use, finance and technology.

Varner’s appointment continues a decades-long professional partnership between Stater Bros. Markets and Varner & Brandt LLP. He was also recently appointed to serve as corporate secretary and general counsel of Stater Bros. Holdings.


Pete Van Helden (left), current CEO of Stater Bros. Markets, has also been appointed vice chairman of the Stater Bros. Holdings board of directors. Van Helden joined Stater Bros. Markets as president and chief operating officer in 2013 and was appointed CEO by Stater Bros.’ late executive chairman Jack H. Brown in 2016. He joined the board of directors in 2019.

“On behalf of the entire board of directors, it’s my pleasure to welcome our newest board members,” said Phillip J. Smith, chairman of the board of directors for Stater Bros. Holdings. “Pete will continue providing the board with insight into Stater Bros. Markets’ operations and future growth, while Janel and Sean will provide guidance and expertise for our future strategic goals.”

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