Roles to be changed after retirements at Supervalu

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MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu Inc., operator of approximately 2,500 retail grocery locations in the United States, said it will realign its leadership structure to become more customer-focused following the retirement of two executives in mid-August.

Mike Jackson, president and chief operating officer, and Kevin Tripp, executive vice-president and president of Supervalu’s Retail Midwest region, will retire Aug. 14.

Mr. Jackson will be succeeded as president by Craig Herkert, chief executive officer at Supervalu since May.

"Mike and Kevin have made significant contributions to Supervalu’s growth over the past several years, and have been instrumental in laying the groundwork for our company’s ongoing success," Mr. Herkert said.

Following the retirements, Supervalu will combine its three retail regions under the supervision of Pete Van Helden, who will become executive vice-president of retail operations. Mr. Van Helden currently is executive vice-president of Retail West. The company’s Save-A-Lot banner will report to Mr. Herkert, while Bristol Farms will continue to report to Pamela Knous, executive vice-president and chief financial officer.

In addition, Supervalu will create a health and wellness division to facilitate stronger alignment between the company’s pharmacy operations and its health and beauty offerings. The new division will be led by Duncan MacNaugton, executive vice-president of merchandising and marketing.

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