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SpartanNash Promotes Staples To President

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Dave Staples, COO of SpartanNash, has added the role of president to his duties. Dennis Eidson, who held the president’s title, will continue to serve as the company’s chairman and CEO; the move enables Eidson to continue to focus on long-term strategic growth opportunities, according to the company.

As president and COO, Staples will lead the Michigan-based company’s overall strategy implementation and execution and direct all operating aspects of the retail, wholesale and military distribution business segments.

Dave Staples
Dave Staples

“Dave has been an instrumental member of our team for the past 16 years and a key leader in our transformational merger in 2013,” said Eidson, who was elected chairman of the board at the company’s annual shareholders meeting in June. “Dave has been serving as SpartanNash’s chief operating officer since March 1, 2015, and his leadership in integrating and optimizing the wholesale and military supply chains has been tremendous.”

Staples previously held the position of EVP and CFO since 2000. He served as CFO until Chris Meyers joined the company in April.

The following associates will continue to report to Staples: Derek Jones, EVP, president of wholesale and distribution operations; Ted Adornato, EVP of retail operations; Larry Pierce, EVP of merchandising and marketing; Ed Brunot, EVP, president of MDV; and Dave Couch, chief information officer.

In addition to Staples, the following associates will continue to report to Eidson: Kathy Mahoney, EVP, chief legal officer and secretary; Chris Meyers, EVP and CFO; and Jerry Jones, SVP of human resources.

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