Nash-Finch Company (NASDAQ: NAFC), a leading national food distributor, today announced the promotion of Christopher A. Brown to President and Chief Operating Officer of Nash Finch Wholesale. Mr. Brown will remain an Executive Vice President of Nash Finch Company and continue to report to Alec C. Covington, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nash Finch. In this newly created role, Mr. Brown is responsible for all aspects of the Company’s wholesale business as well as the conventional corporate-owned stores. In a related move, Dan M. Davidson has been promoted to Vice President, Distribution, reporting to Mr. Brown. In his new role, Mr. Davidson will oversee food distribution warehouse operations and transportation in order to ensure excellence in customer service and efficiency. Mr. Davidson previously served as Vice President of Transportation and Logistics in the Company’s supply chain department. Commenting on today’s announcement, Alec C. Covington, Nash Finch Company President and CEO said, “I am very pleased to announce these promotions. Christopher’s contributions in developing and implementing unique strategies to attract customers and drive sales, coupled with his extensive industry expertise in food distribution and his commitment to the success of our independent retail customers make him the perfect executive to lead our wholesale business. I also want to congratulate Dan on his promotion which expands our focus on providing our customers with the best possible service. I look forward to the continued contributions of both Christopher and Dan in their new roles.” Mr. Brown rejoined Nash Finch Company in November of 2006 as Executive Vice President, Food Distribution. Previously, Mr. Brown served as Chief Executive Officer of SimonDelivers, Inc. Prior to joining SimonDelivers, Mr. Brown was the Executive Vice President, Merchandising at Nash Finch from 1999-2003 where he was responsible for all merchandising, procurement, marketing, category management and advertising. During the eight years prior, he held various management positions of increasing responsibilities at Richfood Holdings, Inc. Mr. Brown holds a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration from Winona State University.
Nash Finch Company is a Fortune 500 company and one of the leading food distribution companies in the United States. Nash Finch’s core business, food distribution, serves independent retailers and military commissaries in 36 states, the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Azores and Egypt. The Company also owns and operates a base of retail stores, primarily supermarkets under the Econofoods®, Family Thrift Center®, AVANZA®, Family Fresh Market® and Sun Mart® trade names. Further information is available on the Company's website at www.nashfinch.com.