Supervalu announces leadership changes

by Monica Watrous
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MINNEAPOLIS – Supervalu Inc. has announced changes to its corporate and banner retail leadership teams.

Mark Van Buskirk has been named executive vice-president of merchandising and marketing. With 20 years of experience in leadership positions with Kroger, Mr. Van Buskirk will oversee Supervalu’s companywide retail merchandising and marketing efforts and direct the company’s private brand offerings and retail pharmacy teams.

Rob Woseth has been named executive vice-president and chief strategy officer. He will oversee real estate and corporate development. Mr. Woseth has 10 years of experience in business development, strategy and leadership positions with Albertsons Inc. and Albertsons L.L.C.

Steve Fox has been hired as senior vice-president of food merchandising. He joins Supervalu with 41 years of retail leadership experience with Fred Meyer, a division of Kroger.

Ritchie Casteel has been named president and chief executive officer of Save-A-Lot. He has more than 40 years of experience in retail, with more than 30 years in leadership roles with Albertsons Inc.

Additionally, two banner presidents were announced. Eric Hymas replaces Marlene Gebhard as president of Shop ‘N Save, and Bill Parker has been named president of Farm Fresh.

Supervalu’s transaction with AB Acquisition L.L.C. for five retail banners is expected to close this month.
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