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    AWG Promotes David Smith to EVP of Ops

    Industry vet will lead operations, distribution, IT

    Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) has promoted David Smith to EVP of division operations, effective Jan. 4, 2015.

    Reporting to President/CEO Jerry Garland, Smith will be responsible for the grocery cooperative's operations, corporate distribution, corporate services and IT.

    Smith joined AWG in 2003 as director of real estate and was promoted to director of member services for the Nashville Division in 2007. He was named VP of merchandising for the Memphis Division in 2009, and later SVP and division manager, where he led the start-up of the Gulf Coast Division.

    Prior to joining AWG, Smith served in various wholesale positions with Malone & Hyde, and later Fleming, including retail development manager and general manager of the Nashville Division.

    Kansas City, Kan.-based Associated Wholesale Grocers has more than 600 member-owners and services more than 3,000 retail outlets in 31 states.

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