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Overwaitea announces senior staff changes

Overwaitea Food Group on Monday announced a slate of new management appointments the company said would align its business processes in support of its overall strategic plan. The following announcements were made by Darrell Jones, Overwaitea’s president.

  • Jamie Nelson has been promoted to SVP, retail operations. In his new capacity, Nelson will hold responsibility for all operational deliverables for Overwaitea, with operating general managers and regional directors reporting to him as they do today. In addition, Nelson will take on overall management responsibility for retail support services, OFG’s best practices group and information technology, led by Gayle Corah, OFG’s newly appointed VP of information technology.
  • Blendle "Scotty" Scott has been promoted to SVP, merchandising and business development. In this expanded capacity, Scott will assume overall management responsibility for development and implementation of all aspects of OFG’s go-to-market customer business strategy, including final accountability for store design and layout, as well as overall management responsibility for supply chain and ecommerce, which will continue to be led by OFG’s newly appointed VP, supply chain and ecommerce, Wayne Currie.
  • Mike Olson will assume the role of VP, fresh merchandising. Olson will be responsible for leading all aspects of OFG’s fresh merchandising areas, including new program development, innovation and OFG’s developing restaurant business, along with the ethnic development portfolio and OFG’s specialty banner Urban Fare. With this change, Ken Clark, formerly OFG’s GM of fresh, will be taking on a new challenge as GM of corporate brands, reporting to Scott alongside Brenda Kirk, GM, center store, and Ralph Lai, GM, drug.
  • Brian Heppell, formerly GM of corporate brands, will be taking on new responsibilities as OFG’s GM of e-commerce.

Overwaitea, based in Langley, British Columbia, operates more than 145 stores under the Save-On-Foods, Overwaitea Foods, Cooper’s Foods, Urban Fare, PriceSmart Foods and Bulkley Valley Wholesale banners in Western Canada.

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