CHICAGO Dave Van Howe, most recently Walgreens VP purchasing and new business development, is joining Market Performance Group, an innovative strategy consulting and sales representation firm, effective immediately. As senior VP and retail adviser, Van Howe will be responsible for working with suppliers and retailers on a wide variety of go-to-market initiatives that focus on maximizing incremental sales and profit opportunities.
“Dave’s 30 plus years experience in retail operations, merchandising and supply operations make him a perfect fit for MPG,” said Tim Toohey, managing partner. “For MPG clients, Dave’s deep understanding of retailer strategies, merchandising acumen, and marketplace insights will translate into winning strategies designed to drive growth and efficiency in an increasingly competitive retail environment.”
“Dave’s philosophy of creating win-win scenarios and his ability to develop long lasting relationships are consistent with our values and operating practices at MPG,” added managing partner Marc Greenberger. “Plus, he is also known as a ‘go-to’ guy who gets things done.”
According to Van Howe, he was attracted to MPG because of the company’s reputation as a strategic go-to-market consulting firm, as well as a sales representation and in-market management group with a track record that goes far beyond traditional capabilities to deliver exceptional results. “What really impresses me about the MPG team is that they represent the whole package: they have a seasoned and talented team of industry veterans supported by a world-class analytical and cross-functional team, all focused on creating incremental value for suppliers and retailers. MPG recognizes that in today’s environment, retailers and manufacturers require a higher level of sophistication to create effective go-to-market strategies and MPG is perfectly positioned to satisfy that need. I am truly excited to be a member of MPG.”