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Calabio joined SpartanNash last August as senior director and chief information security officer, or CISO.

SpartanNash appoints Jean-Paul Calabio as VP, chief information security officer

Longtime IT security professional takes newly created role at distributor

Jean-Paul Calabio has been promoted to vice president and chief information security officer (CISO), a newly created position, at SpartanNash.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based grocery distributor/retailer said yesterday that Calabio, previously senior director and CISO since joining the company last August, started in his new role on June 20. As VP and CISO, he will oversee information security governance risk and compliance, IT security operations and incident response, among other duties.

Jean-Paul Calabio-SpartanNash.jpgSpartanNash noted that, since coming to the company, Calabio (pictured left) formalized the organization’s security-incident response process, created a governance risk and compliance function to focus on high-risk priorities, and expanded vendor risk-management capabilities to make sure vendors meet high security requirements. He also built an information security governance model to provide additional oversight.

“We interact with a lot of data as a food solutions company, from our products and customers to our associates’ work and contact information,” Arif Dar, senior vice president and chief information officer at SpartanNash, said in a statement. “Keeping all of this data safe is vital to the success of our winning recipe, and I am confident that, in his new role, JP will continue to do just that.”

Before joining SpartanNash, Calabio served as VP and CISO at Alorica from December 2018 to August 2021 and spent five years at SC Johnson, most recently as senior director and CISO from February 2017 to December 2018. Prior to that, he held the post of director of information security at Maple Leaf Foods for nearly two years. His more than 20 years as an information security professional also includes various roles at Rockwell Automation, CA Technologies, Rockwell Collins, International Paper and Calrosa Technologies.

Through its core food wholesaling business, SpartanNash distributes to all 50 states, supplying 148 corporate-run supermarkets in nine Midwestern states — which constitute its retail business unit — and over 2,100 independent grocery retailers nationwide. The company also distributes to 160 military commissaries and over 400 exchanges in the United States and internationally.

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