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SpartanNash has a new COO, a new chief of wholesale distribution, and pleasing financials for Q4 and the 2014 fiscal year.
The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based grocery operator has appointed Dave Staples as its chief operating officer, a promotion from his current post as EVP and CFO. The company also promoted Derek Jones from EVP of food distribution to president of wholesale and distribution operations.
As COO, Staples will oversee all three operating segments of the company: retail, wholesale and military distribution. The company has initiated recruiting efforts for a CFO; Staples will continue to serve as CFO until his replacement is hired.
"This appointment is part of our robust three year integration plan," said president/CEO Dennis Eidson. "The size and scope of SpartanNash today demands a dedicated chief operating officer. We are pleased to have had such an exceptional internal candidate."
As CFO, Staples helped guide the company from $1.98 billion in 2003 to $7.9 billion in 2014. "Dave's leadership was critical to our game-changing merger of Spartan Stores and The Nash Finch Company in November 2013," Eidson said. "He also has been an instrumental and respected member of our executive team, helping to define our strategic direction, drive our customer centric business model and cultivate strong customer relationships."
A CPA, Staples joined SpartanNash in January 2000, serving as the company's EVP and CFO since November 2000. In this capacity, Staples directed finance, real estate, the treasurer's department, internal audit, risk management and information technology. Prior to joining SpartanNash, Staples held positions with Kmart and Arthur Andersen.
Jones will report to Staples and oversee the entire supply chain, including military supply chain operations. "This streamlined approach," Eidson continued, "is critical to our mission to leverage our expertise in food distribution and retail to develop, activate and provide impactful solutions that exceed expectations for associates, customers and partners."
Jones cultivated and strengthened relationships with the company's independent customers operating 2100 locations, and has driven growth as a value-added distributor while directing the operations of SpartanNash's Wholesale and Supply Chain Operations, including warehousing, transportation, new business development, replenishment and customer service.
Jones joined the company in 2006 from Unisource Worldwide Inc., where he served as VP of distribution for the company's eastern region. Jones has also held senior operations management positions with Office Depot, Walgreen's and Wal-Mart.