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Supervalu announces divisional leadership changes


Minneapolis -- Supervalu announced Monday that it will make sweeping changes among its executive ranks as part of a previously announced right-sizing program.

Newly minted president and CEO Sam Duncan has named former Kroger VP Mark Van Buskirk as EVP merchandising and marketing for Supervalu, charged with oversight of retail merchandising and marketing.

Former Albertsons executive Rob Woseth has been named EVP chief strategy officer, overseeing real estate and corporate development, as well as strategic growth opportunities.

Former Fred Meyer procurement executive Steve Fox has been named SVP food merchandising.

Among its other banners, Supervalu has named Ritchie Casteel as president and CEO of Save-A-Lot. Casteel spent 30 years in leadership positions with Albertsons Inc. Other appointments include: Eric Hymas has been named president of Shop ‘N Save, replacing Marlene Gebhard; Bill Parker has been named president, Farm Fresh, after serving for the past seven months in the role of interim president; Brian Audette will continue as president of CUB Foods; Matt Leiseth will continue as president of Hornbacher’s; and Bob Bly will continue as president of Shoppers.

Departing the company, according to Duncan, are Kevin Holt, president of Supervalu Retail; Tim Lowe, EVP merchandising; and Michael Moore, EVP and chief marketing officer.

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