Kevin Elliott has joined Kainos Capital, a firm specializing in acquiring and managing food and consumer businesses, as a partner. Elliott most recently was president and COO of Nash Finch Inc. before the sale of Nash Finch to Spartan Stores Inc. He brings more than 25 years of operating, turnaround and mergers and acquisitions experience in the consumer goods, retail and distribution industries.
“I have had the privilege to know Kevin over the past 12 years and he is an outstanding executive with a broad background in consumer products, retailing and distribution,” said Andrew Rosen, managing partner of Kainos Capital. “He will bolster our operating capabilities in evaluating new investment opportunities and be a valuable partner to our portfolio companies in executing their operating strategies. His extensive experience in retailing and the relationships he has developed will bring a different perspective on opportunities we evaluate in the food and consumer products sector.”
Prior to Nash Finch, Elliott was with 7-Eleven Inc. for eight years, most recently as SVP of merchandising, marketing and distribution for its 8,000 domestic stores. Prior to 7-Eleven, Elliott was VP of procurement at Webvan, responsible for the distribution relationships nationally.
Elliott started his career at Fleming Cos. in the merchandising function and was involved in the grocery, dairy, frozen, deli and bakery categories. While at Fleming, he also held the positions of corporate director, store brands and corporate director of category management.
Elliott received his bachelor’s degree in operation management at Missouri State University and obtained his master’s degree in business administration at Southern Methodist University.