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New marketing executive named at Schnuck’s

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS — Supermarket chain Schnuck Markets has appointed a new VP marketing, the company said Thursday.

Robert Howard previously worked for such companies as Kellogg, Kraft, Chiquita Brands, Luxottica Retail, Tyson Foods and Perfetti Van Melle.

At Schnuck’s, Howard will be in charge of advertising, marketing services, consumer research, food education and private brand development. He will report to president and COO Todd Schnuck.

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Geoffrey Covert named SVP retail operations at Kroger

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Just two weeks after announcing the exit of its SVP retail operations, Kroger announced a replacement on Friday.

Geoffrey Covert, a seasoned Kroger executive, will become SVP retail operations, effective Jan. 1. He will be responsible for leading the company’s programs and processes focused on operating efficiency, store productivity and associate and customer safety, Kroger said. Prior to this position, Covert served as president of the company’s Cincinnati/Dayton division for the past six years.

The announcement came after the company confirmed the retirement of Paul Scutt, a 45-year Kroger veteran.

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Smith assumes CFO post at Supervalu

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Thursday named Sherry Smith EVP and CFO. Smith, 49, had been the company’s interim CFO. She immediately assumes her new role and will directly report to Craig Herkert, CEO and president.

Smith came to Supervalu in 1987 and has held a variety of positions in the corporate accounting and financial reporting areas of the company, including VP corporate controller and treasurer. Prior to serving as the interim CFO, Smith was the company’s SVP finance for eight years. She has been active in key initiatives of the company, including acquisitions and business realignment activities, and she has worked closely with other members of management in strengthening Supervalu’s relationships with various banking and financial partners, the company stated.

Smith is a certified public accountant and began her career with McGladrey and Pullen, serving primarily manufacturing and financial institution clients.

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