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Former Anheuser-Busch Leader Named President Of Schnuck Markets

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David A. Peacock, former president of Anheuser-Busch, has been named president and COO for St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets Inc. Todd Schnuck remains the company’s chairman and CEO.

“Dave’s entrepreneurial spirit, vision and drive, along with his extensive business background, will help us set a strong course for the future,” said Schnuck. “His counsel and leadership on our company’s advisory board have been instrumental in positioning Schnucks for growth. Further, his commitment to St. Louis and the region is aligned with Schnucks’ commitment to superior customer experience and community support. Dave also has strong values and a leadership style that will fit well within the Schnucks’ culture.”

Schnucks says it benefits from a highly experienced management team with an exceptional track record of managing the business. Peacock joins a management team with an average industry experience of more than 20 years.

Among his duties, Peacock will manage procurement/merchandising, operations, marketing/communications and supply chain for a company whose 100 stores and 14,000 teammates span five states.

“This is a tremendous company and opportunity. Our teammates are focused on serving customers, delivering quality products and making Schnucks the best grocery shopping experience in the region,” said Peacock. “I am excited to work with Todd and his management team more directly on continuous improvement and innovation that will assure industry leadership, customer service and community support for the long term.”

Peacock managed U.S. operations for Anheuser-Busch, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, from 2008 through early 2012, and was responsible for the commercial success of Anheuser-Busch during its integration with InBev in the U.S., according to a press release. In 2008, Peacock led the negotiating team for Anheuser-Busch during the merger with InBev—the largest all-cash transaction in history at the time.

Peacock joined Anheuser-Busch in 1992 and served many roles in management, finance and marketing. At various times, he led the financial planning, mergers and acquisitions, information technology, procurement and route-to-market development as well as several groups within marketing. In 2007, he was named VP of marketing for Anheuser-Busch and in that role led the revitalization of the company’s marketing approach.

Peacock is dedicated to the St. Louis community and region and he serves on the board of directors of several charitable and civic organizations. Peacock is chairman of the St. Louis Sports Commission and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Trustees. He is a member of St. Louis’ CityArchRiver Board where he co-chaired the initial campaign helping raise $180 million for the new Arch grounds revitalization. Peacock formerly served as chairman of the Beer Institute, the U.S. beer industry’s policy organization in Washington, D.C., and also was previously chairman of the St. Louis chapter of the American Red Cross.

Peacock’s Vitaligent LLC owns 78 Jamba Juice stores in Northern California and Missouri. Vitaligent has reported $61 million in sales and is Jamba Juice’s largest franchisee. Peacock also an investor in Crushed Red, an elevated fast-casual restaurant with locations in St. Louis, Denver, Columbia and Kansas City.

Peacock served as a member of Schnucks’ Advisory Board beginning in July 2013 and will give up that role in his new position.

A native of St. Louis, Peacock holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis, from which he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and three children.

 

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A former newspaper editor and publisher, she once enjoyed leisurely perusing the grocery store aisles but, since having a baby in 2016, she is now an enthusiastic click-and-collect shopper.

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