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SpartanNash Appoints Lentz President Of Food Distribution

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Walt Lentz

Walt Lentz has joined SpartanNash as EVP and president, food distribution. Lentz has 32 years of logistics and supply chain experience in roles of increasing leadership responsibility, including serving from 2017-19 as acting CEO and chief supply chain officer (CSCO) of Peapod, the grocery e-commerce business division of Ahold Delhaize.

Lentz will have full responsibility for SpartanNash’s $4 billion food distribution segment and responsibility for the total company supply chain. He will work with the SpartanNash team in developing and executing strategic plans to grow the profitability of the wholesale distribution and food manufacturing businesses.

Lentz will report to SpartanNash President and CEO David M. Staples.

“Walt’s multi-disciplined logistics and supply chain career and commanding knowledge of the grocery industry from distribution, retailing and omnichannel commerce to manufacturing and merchandising are in direct alignment with SpartanNash’s supply chain optimization and strategic growth objectives,” Staples said. “His proven track record of achieving top-line sales growth and bottom-line cost savings with emerging innovative solutions, merchandising and marketing initiatives, and improved customer and associate satisfaction are reflective of Walt’s transformational leadership skills. We believe his expertise and energy to accelerate our strategic plan will be an asset to our organization.”

Lentz’s logistics and supply chain experience includes serving from 2016-19 as Peapod’s CSCO. In 2017, he was named acting CEO for the grocery e-commerce business division of Ahold Delhaize.

His career with Ahold began in 2009, serving as SVP, supply chain, for Giant Food. He advanced to SVP, supply chain logistics, planning and replenishment, for Ahold USA Retail. From 1997-2009, Lentz held several executive roles of increasing responsibility with Kellogg Co., ranging from manufacturing operations to logistics operations and business unit sales support.

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An 11-year employee of The Shelby Report who writes for and about food. In previous lives, she worked at a police department in Texas and an amusement park in Arkansas. She also was a newspaper publisher for more than a decade. Not sure which of those qualified her for this job.

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