Supervalu Inc. has named Janel Haugarth to lead its independent business organization, replacing Leon Bergmann who has decided to leave the company. Bergmann’s last day is Oct. 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, CEO 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 led the company’s supply chain services division from 2006-2011 and served as the EVP of merchandising and logistics from 2011-2012.
Bergmann joined the company in January 2011 as group VP of independent sales, marketing and merchandising and was named president of the organization in July of that year.