SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) today announced it has named Janel Haugarth to lead its independent business organization, replacing Leon Bergmann, who has decided to leave the company. His last day is October 19. Haugarth is a 35-year veteran of the company and returns to the independent business organization, where she brings knowledge and leadership in serving the needs of the more than 2,000 independent grocery retailers SUPERVALU supplies nationwide. In addition, Haugarth will continue in her role leading SUPERVALU’s business optimization efforts. Her appointment as president of independent business and business optimization is effective immediately.
“We thank Leon for his contributions and we wish him well,” said Wayne Sales, SUPERVALU’s president chief executive officer and chairman. “Fortunately, Janel is able to step right into the position and bring an immediate wealth of experience, strong retailer relationships and a tremendous passion for our independent business, having spent the majority of her career in this area. We are confident in her ability and the skills she brings to this role during this critical time in our company’s turnaround.”
Haugarth has more than 35 years of experience in a variety of leadership positions at SUPERVALU. She led the company’s supply chain services division from 2006-2011 and served as the executive vice president of merchandising and logistics from 2011-2012.
Bergmann joined the company in January 2011 as group vice president of independent sales, marketing and merchandising and was named president of the organization in July of that year.About SUPERVALU INC. SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest companies in the U.S. grocery channel with annual sales of approximately $35 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of approximately 4,400 stores composed of 1,099 traditional retail stores, including 797 in-store pharmacies; 1,341 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 943 are operated by licensee owners; and 1,950 independent stores serviced primarily by the Company's food distribution business. SUPERVALU has approximately 125,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com. For official company news and industry information follow us on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/supervaluPR