Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based Dollar General Corp. revealed two key management promotions effective Aug. 27. Jeffery C. Owen has been named COO, and Steven G. Sunderland succeeds Owen as EVP of store operations.
As COO, Owen will be responsible for store operations, merchandising and supply chain. A Dollar General veteran with more than 25 years of retail experience, he returned to the company in June 2015 to serve as EVP of store operations overseeing nearly 16,000 stores in the 44 states where Dollar General operates as well as the real estate and new store development functions. During Owen’s time in this role, Dollar General has added more than 3,500 stores and increased sales by more than 35 percent. He first joined the retailer in 1992 as a store manager and served Dollar General in various roles of increasing responsibility. He earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
As EVP of store operations, Sunderland will oversee Dollar General’s nearly 16,000 stores, as well as the real estate and new store development functions. He joined Dollar General in September 2014 as SVP of store operations, overseeing stores predominately throughout the southern half of the country. Sunderland previously served as SVP of retail operations for Office Depot Inc. from November 2013 until January 2014 and OfficeMax Inc. from May 2012 until November 2013, and as COO for Bally Total Fitness Holding Corp. from 2011 until April 2012. Sunderland began his career in 1987 with Sears as a store manager, where he spent more than 20 years in positions of increasing responsibility, eventually serving as VP of strategic operations. Sunderland earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Colorado College and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
“This enhanced management structure positively positions Dollar General as we continue moving forward as a leader in our sector. Jeff and Steve’s leadership, insights and demonstrated performance will help support efforts to continue to capture growth opportunities, drive our short and long term strategic focus and best serve our customers,” said Todd J. Vasos, CEO. “At Dollar General, investing in our employees as a competitive advantage by providing employees with growth and development opportunities is one of our core values and a cornerstone of our culture. I am confident Jeff and Steve are the right leaders for these positions, and I would like to congratulate them both on their new roles.”