MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu here on Tuesday said it has named industry veteran Mike Stigers as the new president of the company’s Northern Region.
He succeeds Jim Gilliam, who Supervalu said is leaving to pursue a new business opportunity.
Stigers, who previously had been president of Shaw’s — which was recently sold by Supervalu as part of a massive divestiture of its largest retail chains — will oversee sales and operations at six distribution centers serving more than 750 independent retailers in Central, Northern and Western states. His territory also includes Alaska and Guam. He will report to Janel Haugarth, executive vice president of Supervalu and president of the independent business and supply chain services division.
Stigers has 39 years of grocery experience and held a variety of management positions at Safeway, Jons Markets in Los Angeles and PW Supermarkets in San Jose, Calif., before his most recent position as president of the Shaw’s banner. Stigers also has worked on the vendor side of the industry, for Bass Inc., a retail automation software company, and for Sterilox Fresh, a food safety company, as regional vice president.
“Mike brings tremendous experience to his position as president of the Northern Region,” Haugarth said. “As the company begins a new chapter, I am very confident that Mike will not only help our current independent customers in the region expand and grow, but that he will bring in new customers as well.”
Supervalu said Gilliam will remain at Supervalu for the next few weeks to ensure a smooth transition.
In a statement, Haugarth said Gilliam has been “a key business leader, mentor, customer advocate and contributor to Supervalu for many years. He will be greatly missed by employees, customers and suppliers alike. We wish him and his family health and happiness.”
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In addition, Supervalu also said that Bob Jaskolski has been named vice president, sales, merchandising and marketing for the independent business division, effective immediately. He was formerly executive vice president in the independent business division. He is a 27-year Supervalu veteran.
Supervalu said Haugarth plans to add a vice president of corporate logistics to her team in the near future. The balance of her direct leadership team will remain the same, including Kevin Kemp, president of the Eastern Region; Bill Chew, president of the Midwest Region; and Bernie Grutsch, vice president, procurement.
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