Supervalu makes 2 leadership team promotions

MINNEAPOLIS —Supervalu has promoted one of its own. The company named Anne Dament as its new executive vice president of retail, marketing and private brands, effectively immediately. The company also announced the appointment of Stuart MacFarland to the role of senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, effective Nov. 18. He takes over for outgoing executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary Karla Robertson.

Dament joined the company in January as senior vice president of retail, merchandising and marketing. In that role, she planned and implemented a strategy to improve Supervalu’s retail division, consolidating wholesale and retail marketing efforts while reorganizing retail merchandise groups, the company said. She has launched more than 350 private-label products this year and oversaw the launch of the company’s Quick and Easy meal solution program.

“Anne is a smart, creative, and dynamic leader and has made a significant impact on our team in a short time frame,” Supervalu president and CEO Mark Gross said. “Over the last year, she’s set a positive vision for our retail initiatives, particularly here in Minnesota, introduced exciting new product innovation to wholesale and retail, and brought greater collaboration between our retail and wholesale teams.”

Robertson is departing the company for a position at Pentair, Supervalu said.

“Karla is a highly respected leader who has been a tremendous asset to this company and to me personally,” Gross said. “She has been a great member of the executive team and contributor toward our growth and transformation. Not only has she provided excellent legal advice but she has also served an invaluable role as business partner and advisor to all of us. I thank Karla for her service to our company over the past eight years and wish her all the best.”

MacFarland has been with Supervalu since 2010, most recently as vice president, associate general counsel and assistant corporate secretary. The company said his work focuses on corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate governance. He was previously an associate at Los Angeles law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

“Looking forward, we are very excited to have Stuart as our general counsel as we continue our transformation and focus on organic and new growth opportunities,” Gross said. “Stuart is an extremely intelligent, insightful, and hard-working leader who will hit the ground running with his knowledge of Supervalu and our industry.”

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