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MINNEAPOLIS - Nash Finch Co. here has added two members to its board of directors: one-time grocer Sam K. Duncan, 55, now chairman, president and c.e.o. of OfficeMax Inc.; and retired U.S. Army Major General Hawthorne L. ("Peet") Proctor, 60, managing partner of Proctor & Boone LLC.
Nash Finch's board now includes eleven members, ten of whom are independent.
In welcoming Duncan and Proctor to the Nash Finch board, its chairman, William R. Voss, said: "Peet's distinguished military career provides him with a clear understanding of the needs of our military customers and their families. His guidance will be invaluable to the board in charting the course for our military business. Similarly, Sam's wealth of knowledge of the distribution sector and nearly four decades of experience in the consumer retail industries will bring additional depth and perspective to our board."
Alec Covington, Nash Finch's chief executive, said: "The fresh perspective Sam and Peet bring to Nash Finch will be a strong complement to the incumbent talent and expertise of our current board."
Duncan is a leader in both business-to-business and retail office products distribution. Prior to joining OfficeMax in 2005, he was president/c.e.o. of ShopKo Stores, Inc. from 2002 to 2005. He previously held various leadership positions at Fred Meyer, Inc., including president, as well as serving as president of Ralph's Supermarkets. Duncan worked from 1969 to 1992 at Albertsons.
Before beginning a career in the private sector, Proctor served for nearly 35 years in the United States Army, where he performed in numerous senior logistics management roles including commander, defense personnel support center and later, commander, Defense Supply Center/ Philadelphia Quartermaster General of the United States Army, and J3, Defense Logistics Agency. Proctor is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and earned an M.A. in public administration from Central Michigan University.
Nash Finch's core food distribution business serves independent retailers and military commissaries in 31 states, the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Azores, and Egypt. The company also owns and operates a base of retail stores, primarily supermarkets under the Econofoods, Family Thrift Center, and Sun Mart banners.