Boyan named H-E-B president; additional executive changes announced

SAN ANTONIO A regional grocery chain announced its chief strategic officer and COO assumed the role of president.

H-E-B said that Craig Boyan, a 5-year veteran, was appointed to the position after company president Bob Loeffler announced his retirement, but would assume the role of chief administrative officer for two years, and will be responsible for distribution, information solutions, Mexico and central market at the corporate level, food safety and quality assurance, the grocer said.

"Craig, with his collaborative leadership style and keen insight into our customers' needs, is well-suited to lead H-E-B in the new decade," said Charles Butt, H-E-B chairman and CEO. "I'm confident that under his direction, our senior leadership team will ensure H-E-B's continued growth."

Another key leadership change was the appointment of Martin Otto to the role of chief merchant. Otto adds the title of chief merchant to his current one of CFO, upon assuming duties from Steve Harper, who will continue as a consultant. Otto joined H-E-B in 1991.

The company also highlighted strong leadership of other key executives. Members of the company's senior leadership team leading H-E-B in the new decade include: 

  • Gavin Gallagher, Chief Information Officer
  • Mike Graham, SVP supply chain and logistics
  • Tina James, Senior VP human resources
  • Judy Lindquist, general counsel
  • Scott McClelland, president of Houston food / drug division stores
  • Roxanne Orsak, EVP drug/GM and format development
  • Lynette Padalecki, VP strategic planning and analysis
  • Todd Piland, EVP real estate, facility alliance and services
  • Randy Vaclavik, SVP fresh foods
  • Suzanne Wade, president of H-E-B's San Antonio Food/Drug division

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