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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Supervalu here said yesterday that Carl Jablonski, president of West Bridgewater, Mass.-based banner Shaw's, will retire at the end of this month, to be succeeded by Larry Wahlstrom, current president of Supervalu's Chicago-based Jewel-Osco division. Wahlstrom will be replaced by Jewel-Osco's s.v.p./operations Keith Nielsen, the company said.
"Carl Jablonski has had a remarkable career that has included a number of significant contributions to our ongoing success," noted Supervalu chairman and c.e.o. Jeff Noddle in a statement. Describing Wahlstrom as a "seasoned executive with a solid track record of delivering results through leadership assignments that have spanned multiple markets--including New England," Noddle said he was "confident that [Wahlstrom] will continue to build on the rich Shaw's tradition, while bringing new innovative approaches to the competitive New England marketplace."
A 37-year veteran of the company with a wide range of experience in both food and drug store operations, Wahlstrom began his career at Osco Drug as a store associate in Green Bay, Wis., before rising through the ranks in a number of leadership roles, among them store director, v.p. of the Osco New England division, and president of one of the Albertsons food divisions. He also held a variety of corporate leadership assignments for Albertsons, before becoming president of Jewel-Osco in 2004.
Supervalu said Wahlstrom will transfer to Shaw's immediately to begin the transition process.
Jablonski, a 38-year retail industry veteran, will be available to help with the transition through the end of the year, the parent company said.
Nielsen, who has been with the company for 40 years, will become president of Jewel-Osco this week. "As Jewel-Osco's chief operator for several years, Keith Nielsen has played a pivotal role in the company's continued success," said Noddle, calling him "a strong leader with a deep understanding of retail grocery operations and strong ties to the Chicago marketplace."
Nielsen has been Jewel-Osco's senior vice president of operations for the past eight years. Before that, he held various leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including store director, district manager, and area v.p.
Supervalu operates about 2,500 retail grocery locations and employs about 190,000 employees. Through its nationwide supply chain network, the company provides distribution and related logistics support services to over 5,000 grocery retail endpoints across the United States.