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Hannaford Elevates Two to VP

Hannaford Elevates Two to VP

SCARBOROUGH, Maine - ­ Hannaford Bros. here said it has named Heather Paquette vice president of retail operations for the company's eastern division and Rudy DiPietro vice president of operations for the chain's western division.

Paquette most recently had been district manager for the Portland, Maine, area, and previously had managed other districts and was marketing manager, strategic initiatives, at Hannaford, where she promoted the Guiding Stars nutrition labeling system. In her new post, she is responsible for retail operations at the chain's Maine locations.


Before assuming his current role, DiPietro was director of fresh merchandising for Hannaford and Bloom, a sister banner owned by Salisbury, N.C.-based Delhaize America. He previously had been a district manager in the greater Boston region. In his new role, he oversees retail operations at Hannaford stores in Vermont and New York.

Paquette succeeds Karen Fernald, who had left to join Delhaize's Sweetbay banner in Tampa, Fla., and is now senior vice president, marketing and brand strategy at Food Lion, also owned by Delhaize.

DiPietro succeeds Kevin Hill, who has been named market vice president, Southwest, at Food Lion.

Rick Meyerkopf remains vice president of retail operations for the central division at Delhaize. He had been managing the eastern division as well since the departure of Fernald.