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Allegiance Retail Services LLC has appointed Michael Stolarz its president and COO, and named John Derderian to the position of VP of sales, marketing and member development.
Stolarz (left), a supermarket veteran of more than 40 years’ standing, started his career at Supermarkets General/Pathmark and then held senior executive positions at Twin County Grocers and the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. He most recently spent 13 years as EVP and COO at Grocery Haulers Inc., an Avenel, N.J.-based trucking and logistics firm, before coming to Allegiance.
Derderian’s (right) extensive career in the food industry spans nearly 40 years, during which he held various executive-level positions at Pathmark. Most recently, he was the founder and managing director of Consumer Comprehension LLC, an east Brunswick, N.J.-based retail consultancy engaged primarily in providing marketing communications and strategic planning to the supermarket sector.
“Adding these two industry leaders to the Allegiance team has given the board and I the confidence that Allegiance is well positioned for continued growth and success,” noted Chairman and CEO David Maniaci.
Iselin, N.J.-based Allegiance Retail Services provides its independent grocer members with marketing, advertising, technological and operational support, as well as a full line of Foodtown private label products.