SUPERVALU has announced several changes to its executive and banner retail leadership teams, as it continues preparations to move forward with a focus on serving wholesale grocery operators, growing its hard discount format and running a smaller, more efficient retail operation. Mark Van Buskirk has been named executive vice president, merchandising and marketing for SUPERVALU, where he will be responsible for overseeing companywide retail merchandising and marketing efforts, along with directing SUPERVALU’s private brand offerings and retail pharmacy teams.
He spent the past 20 years in leadership positions with Kroger, most recently serving as vice president, meat and seafood merchandising and procurement. Rob Woseth has been named executive vice president, chief strategy officer. In addition to overseeing real estate and corporate development, Woseth will focus on identifying strategic growth opportunities that support independent grocers, as well as working with banner leadership to build and maximize the company’s traditional and discount retail businesses. Steve Fox has joined SUPERVALU in the role of senior vice president, food merchandising.
He comes to SUPERVALU after spending 41 years in retail leadership positions with Fred Meyer, a division of Kroger. Ritchie Casteel has been appointed president and CEO of Save-A-Lot, the company’s hard discount retail chain. Casteel has more than 40 years of experience in retail, including over 30 years in a variety of leadership positions with the original Albertsons. Eric Hymas has been named president of Shop ‘N Save. Hymas most recently served as senior vice president of merchandising for SUPERVALU. Bill Parker has been named president, Farm Fresh.