SUPERVALU Appoints Janel Haugarth President of Independent Business and Business Optimization
10/18/2012 – MINNEAPOLIS – SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) today announced it has named Janel Haugarth to lead its independent business organization. Haugarth is a 35-year veteran of SUPERVALU 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 the role she recently received, leading SUPERVALU’s business optimization efforts.
Haugarth's takes on the role president of independent business and business optimization immediately as she is replacing Leon Bergmann, who is leaving the company this week. 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.
“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.
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