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Wakefern names Williams CIO

Wakefern names Williams CIO

Wakefern Food Corp. has named executive Cheryl Williams its new chief information officer, the company said Tuesday.

Williams will serve as VP of Wakefern’s CISD division and the company’s CIO, coordinating cyber security efforts and technology on both the corporate and retail fronts.

Williams most recently served as VP of digital commerce and innovation (DCI) at Wakefern. Williams has been at the forefront of technology during her two decades at Wakefern, and plans to work in her new role to ensure that technological innovation remains a competitive advantage for the cooperative, the company said.

“From our phones to our computers, and from our warehouses to our retail stores, technology is key and it's important that the division stays leading edge,” Williams said.

Williams began her career as a manager of retail systems in 1996 and later worked as a director. She was named VP of marketing in 2001, working with a variety of divisions to launch key consumer marketing and data programs before being named VP of DCI in 2012.


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As head of DCI, Williams led the team that launched ShopRite's first mobile app along with the ShopRite from Home online service and digital coupons to address the changing needs of ShopRite consumers. Today, ShopRite is recognized as a supermarket leader in digital commerce and innovation and ShopRite from Home is one of the fastest growing parts of the business.

Williams also serves on Wakefern’s executive staff, the senior management team that helps guide the company’s corporate and strategic vision, and she is a member of the Network of Executive Women (NEW) and a past co-chair of the New York Metro Steering Committee for NEW. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Cook College at Rutgers University.

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