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MINNEAPOLIS -- Bruce A. Cross, former s.v.p. of business transformation for Nash Finch here has been promoted to e.v.p. of merchandising, while Sarah W. Miller, formerly v.p. of the retailer/distributor’s business process and retail services, was upped to s.v.p./c.i.o.
Cross, a 35-year supermarket industry veteran, was recruited to Nash Finch in September 1998, by then newly-arrived c.e.o. Ron Marshall, to direct the company-wide business improvements project, eventually encompassing all core business initiatives, including merchandising, retail, distribution, and technology.
He began his career with Safeway Inc., where he served for 23 years in a variety of corporate and division positions. Immediately prior to joining Nash Finch he was with IBM Global Services, where he spent three years leading a large outsourcing organization implementing new business processes and applications at a major supermarket company.
"Bruce joined Nash Finch at a critical juncture in its history, and was instrumental in its turnaround," said Marshall. "He is recognized as a key leader among our executive team."
Miller, who joined Nash Finch in 1999 as director of technical services, subsequently served as director of e-business and as senior director of process and training. She was promoted to v.p. business processes and retail services in 2003. Prior to joining Nash Finch, Miller spent eight years in systems software engineering and project management with IBM and IBM Global Services.
"Sarah has been instrumental in driving technical improvements company-wide since she joined Nash Finch six years ago," noted Marshall. "She has taken a lead role in reducing our cost structure by continually improving business processes across a variety of critical functions."
Nash Finch, serves independent retailers and military commissaries in 28 states, the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Iceland, the Azores and Honduras. It also owns and operates a base of over 80 retail stores, primarily supermarkets under the Econofoods, Family Thrift Center and Sun Mart trade names.