SpartanNash appoints new CIO


SpartanNash has named a new chief information officer.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer has appointed Arif Dar, who previously served as SC Johnson and Sons’ CIO, to the role.

In his newly appointed role, Dar will be responsible for the development and execution of the company’s IT strategy, ensuring its alignments with the enterprise’s overall business strategy, and provide direction for the oversight of design, development, operation and support of IT systems and program.

Part of the oversight Dar will oversee includes enterprise architecture management, application management, security and risk, infrastructure and operations support, the company said.

“We look forward to having Arif join the company,” David M. Staples, SpartanNash’s president and chief executive officer, said. “as his record of large scale IT strategic planning and execution combined with his vision, collaborative leadership, supply chain experience and knowledge of the food distribution industry lay the foundation for success at SpartanNash. During his tenure at SC Johnson, Arif’s cross-functional relationships throughout the business, empowering management style and ability to drive operating efficiencies with diverse technologies drove an improved customer experience, cost savings and sales growth.”

Dar has previously held IT roles at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Foods, Bombardier Transportation in Berlin, General Motors, Tyco International and General Electric.


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