Unified Grocers, Los Angeles-based member-owned cooperative, said Tuesday it has made a number of key promotions to its leadership team to support its growth strategy.
Two people have been promoted to EVP: Sue Klug, chiefofficer, who will also add responsibilities for strategic sourcing and real estate, and Joe Falvey, president of Market Centre, the company’s specialty division. In addition, Gary Hermann, CIO, has been promoted to SVP.
In other changes:
• Mike Brown, formerly executive director of retail services, has been promoted to VP of retail services, overseeing merchandising, advertising, retail pricing, consumer insights and retail technology.
• Blake Larson, formerly corporate controller, has been promoted to the new title of VP, accounting, with oversight of accounting and reporting and additional responsibilities for operational analysis and accounts payable.
• Keith Miler, formerly executive director of Market Centre operations, has been promoted to VP, continuing to implement revenue-building strategies and also taking charge of procurement for the division’s product assortment, encompassing specialty/gourmet, Hispanic, natural, general merchandise and health/beauty/wellness.
• Ray VanWetten, formerly executive director of sales for Oregon, has been promoted to VP, sales, for the Pacific Northwest — a new position. The company did not name a successor to his previous position.
Unified said Gregg Bostick is joining the company as VP, logistics — a position that had been vacant since Vic Versino left last year. Bostick was formerly VP, transportation, for Americold Logistics, Atlanta, a third-party logistics company, with previous experience at Supervalu and C&S Wholesale Grocers. At Unified he will oversee companywide distribution, transportation and maintenance functions and be responsible for developing logistics and distribution strategies.
Unified also said Gary Hammett is retiring as VP, real estate, after 15 years with the company. No successor was named, though Klug has assumed real-estate oversight.