“We are pleased to welcome Anthony as CEO of Southeastern Grocers as he was always part of our succession plan,” the company said in a press release. “He has played an integral role in our successful transformation over the last 18 months and we are positive he is the right leader to guide SEG. Anthony brings significant industry expertise, and we are confident that he will continue to improve the business to the benefit of our dedicated customers across the Southeast.”
Before joining SEG, Hucker was president and COO of St. Louis-based Schnucks. He also served as president of Giant Food and on the executive board of Ahold USA.
Prior to joining Giant Food, Hucker spent seven years at Walmart in a variety of leadership positions, internationally and domestically. He began as the CIO of the Americas, formed the Global Format Development division and was promoted to head of strategy and business development for Walmart USA and was a corporate officer for the retailer.
According to the press release, Hucker’s passion for the food retail industry strengthened while he was pursuing an Honours degree from the Metropolitan University of Manchester, U.K., in retail marketing and an International Diploma in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, U.K. During this time, he worked as a food industry analyst reporting on pan-European stocks to the city of London. He then worked for 10 years with Aldi, a leader in the grocery retailing industry, where he served in a variety of leadership assignments in Germany, the U.S. and Austria, and was part of the original startup leadership team that set up Aldi U.K.
“I’m grateful to our leadership team for the smooth transition over the past six weeks, and I’m excited for the opportunity to continue to drive the strategic direction of the company. I’m humbled and honored to lead our team of more than 50,000 associates who are our greatest assets, putting our customers first, always,” Hucker said. “Over the past two years, we’ve made substantial progress in our transformation, and we’re ready to push forward.”
Southeastern Grocers operates stores across the Southeast under the Bi-Lo, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie banners.