Movers & Shakers: Lidl, Hy-Vee, Consumer Brands Add Executives

Lidl, a Germany-based discount supermarket chain, has announced Michal Laguionek will take over as CEO.
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Lidl Names New CEO

Lidl, a Germany-based discount supermarket chain, has announced Michal Laguionek will take over as CEO. The appointment comes after Lidl US President and CEO Johannes Fieber announced he was stepping down at the end of May to spend more time with his family.

Laguionek is a longtime executive of Lidl, and the leadership change comes as Lidl is executing its strategy in the U.S. as the top competitor to Aldi. The company is planning to open 50 new stores in the U.S. by the end of 2021.

"For millions of Americans, and indeed for me as well, this past year stressed the importance of family," Fieber wrote in his letter. "Nothing is more important. I am immensely proud of our team’s work bringing greater stability and food access to families across our communities this past year. Now that the outlook in the United States has stabilized and brightened, I have decided to take a break from my career to spend more time with my wife and three little girls. I have missed being with them more during these demanding times."

Fieber, who announced his resignation and successor in a letter dated April 20, took over as CEO in 2018, replacing Brendan Proctor. Proctor led Lidl’s expansion into the U.S. since 2015, when the company created a U.S. headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The company’s first U.S. stores opened in 2017.

Lidle operates roughly 11,200 stores in 32 countries. In the U.S., Lidl has 130 stores in nine East Coast states. 

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Hy-Vee Hires Chief Data Officer

Jason Buhrow has been named Hy-Vee’s new chief data officer, effective April 19. Hy-Vee, an Iowa-based chain of supermarkets across the Midwest, operates more than 275 locations.

Buhrow will oversee the development and governance of data strategy for the $11 billion retailer, with additional focus in the area of enterprise-wide data science, analysis and visualization. 

Prior to joining Hy-Vee, Buhrow was business technology vice president for FBL Financial Group, Inc. He has also held technology leadership positions at RSM US LLP and Berkley Technology Service, LLC, and has significant experience in retail, insurance, finance, non-profit and manufacturing, Retail Info Systems reported.

“We are excited to welcome Jason to the Hy-Vee family, and are confident that his extensive experience in information management and strategy will enable Hy-Vee to continue delivering amazing customer experiences by leveraging data and analytics,” said Randy Edeker, chairman of the Board, CEO and president of Hy-Vee.

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Consumer Brands Association Taps New Senior VP

The Consumer Brands Association has tapped Jen Daulby as its new senior vice president, government affairs, effective April 26. 

Daulby previously served as minority staff director for the Committee on House Administration. She has held other roles on Capitol Hill and served at two Fortune 500 companies. Arlington, Virginia-based Consumer Brands Association, formerly the Grocery Manufacturers Association, is a national trade association for the consumer packaged goods industry, representing more than 1,700 brands.

In her new role, Daulby will lean on her extensive policy and legal expertise. In addition to providing analysis of complex federal issues for committees and members of Congress, she led a proactive minority party agenda and coordinated high-profile operations, and as chief of staff to Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, counsel for Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, and counsel for the Committee on Agriculture, Progressive Grocer reported.

“Jen is a smart, pragmatic and results-oriented professional with profound experience navigating the most complex regulatory, legal and political issues,” said Consumer Brands President and CEO Geoff Freeman. “As we unite the CPG industry around our focused advocacy agenda, Jen brings leadership, expertise and a deep knowledge about the intersection of business and government I know will benefit Consumer Brands and our members.” 

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SpartanNash Continues Executive Team Shakeup

Masiar Tayebi has been named executive vice president and chief strategy officer at SpartanNash--the latest hire in a string of executive shakeups at the food distributor and grocery store retailer.

Tayebi is tasked with pursuing new growth opportunities and working with senior leadership to identify and resolve business challenges, according to PG. He formerly served as global head of corporate strategy and business development and CEO with Whirlpool Corporation’s Yummly online grocery delivery platform.

The company also recently hired David Petko, formerly of C&S Wholesale Grocers, as senior vice president and chief supply chain officer earlier this month, and Greg Molloy, of Nestle, as vice president, environmental health and safety.

The appointments come after Jason Monaco started a new role as executive vice president and chief financial officer in March, reporting to President and CEO Tony Sarsam, who was brought on last fall after leaving a CEO role at Borden Dairy, PG reported. Another exec, Todd Riksen was promoted to corporate controller, replacing retiring Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer Tammy Hurley. Further, the company's Board of Directors Chairman Dennis Eidson will retire in May when his term expires and is expected to be replaced by Douglas Hacker, the current lead independent director.

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