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ShopKo Stores Names Sam K. Duncan CEO And President
GREEN BAY, Wis. - ShopKo Stores Inc. named Sam K. Duncan chief executive and president, effective Wednesday. Duncan replaces William J. Podany, who resigned in April as chief executive, president and director, for personal reasons.
Jeffrey Girard, vice chairman of finance and administration and interim chief executive, will continue in the vice chairman's role.
Duncan, who was previously president of Fred Meyer Corp., a division of Kroger Co., began his career in 1969 at a Southern California Albertson's store as a courtesy clerk and was promoted to various store management, district management and merchandising positions, eventually being named Albertson's director of operations in 1991. He joined Fred Meyer in 1992 as vice president grocery department and was promoted through the executive merchandising ranks. Duncan was named executive vice president of Fred Meyer's food division in 1997, and in 1998, when Fred Meyer acquired Ralph's Super Markets, Duncan was named president of the Ralph's division. He was appointed president of Fred Meyer in 2001.
"I'm excited to join the company with its long tradition of meeting customer needs. At both ShopKo and Pamida there are fine teammates with whom I look forward to forging a bright, long-term future for ShopKo Stores," said Duncan.
ShopKo Stores Inc., a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., operates 366 retail stores in 23 states, primarily in the Midwest, Western Mountain and Pacific Northwest regions. Retail operations include 141 specialty discount stores operating under the ShopKo name in mid-sized and larger cities, and 225 Pamida discount stores in smaller, rural communities.