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Another new executive has joined the ranks of Supervalu. Wayne Shurts, 50, a 25-year CPG veteran, has become the new EVP/CIO of the Minneapolis-based retailer and distributor. Shurts, whose most recent position was global CIO at Cadbury, PLC, will begin his new duties at Supervalu April 26 and report directly to CEO/president Craig Herkert.
“Wayne is a strong and proven leader who understands the grocery industry as well as the systems behind supply chain and logistics within retail organizations,” said Herkert, who anticipates that Shurts will be “an outstanding addition to our team.”
Shurts is replacing Colin Cobain, who was appointed in June 2009 as Supervalu’s interim CIO. Since that time, a search had been underway to fill the role permanently.
Prior to joining Cadbury, PLC, Shurts spent 20 years with Nabisco, where he started in various roles within the company’s financial, marketing and sales analysis organization. He then moved into Nabisco’s sales and marketing information systems area, where he took on roles of increasing responsibility, including VP of sales operations, VP of North American supply chain process and VP of e-business. Shurts left Nabisco in 2001 to start his own consulting firm, where he worked with diverse companies such as Avaya, IBM and Johnson & Johnson to deliver transformational technology strategies.