PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Sean F. Griffin, currently chief executive officer of Supervalu, has been named to the additional role of chief operating officer of United Natural Foods, Inc. (U.N.F.I.). In his new role he will be responsible for U.N.F.I.’s sales, services, operations, merchandising and retail functions.
U.N.F.I. acquired Minneapolis-based Supervalu for approximately $2.9 billion last year. At the time the acquisition was first announced, Mr. Griffin had been serving as c.o.o. of U.N.F.I. The company subsequently charged him with leading the Supervalu integration efforts, and he was named c.e.o. in September 2018.
Mr. Griffin began his career with Sysco Corp. in 1986 and has held various leadership positions in the food service distribution industry with Performance Food Group Co., U.S. Foodservice, Alliant Foodservice and Sysco.
He received a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
In addition to Mr. Griffin, other members of the U.N.F.I. leadership team include: Steven L. Spinner, chairman and c.e.o.; Michael P. Zechmeister, chief financial officer; Christopher P. Testa, president and chief marketing officer; Paul S. Green, chief supply chain officer; Eric A. Dorne, chief information officer and chief administrative officer; Jill E. Sutton, chief legal officer, general counsel and corporate secretary; and Danielle Benedict, chief human resources officer.