United Natural Foods, Inc. has named Jim Gehr as its new chief supply chain officer, effective May 4. In this role, Gehr will lead an organization of more than 12,000 associates working across four regions and 59 distribution centers, delivering 1.3 billion cases annually to UNFI’s more than 30,000 customers. He will immediately focus on UNFI’s warehouse logistics while further advancing UNFI’s automation investments, distribution center expansions and network optimization. Gehr will report to Eric Dorne, UNFI’s COO.
“Jim is a highly-regarded supply chain executive who brings operational excellence experience to UNFI along with a proven track record of building and motivating teams,” Dorne said. “He has a history of creating and growing business opportunities, establishing sustainable processes, and developing a strong culture of continuous improvement that drives value throughout the supply chain and, ultimately, to customers. His unique experiences—from integrating emerging technologies to effectively utilizing data analytics—will enhance UNFI’s long-term operating model and help accelerate our innovation. Jim is an engaging leader and we’re excited to welcome him to UNFI.”
Gehr joins the company after having spent the past 29 years at DHL Supply Chain where, since 2004, he has served as president, Retail North America. In this role, Gehr oversaw the operations for 72 facilities providing store, e-commerce and multi-channel fulfillment as well as import center deconsolidation, return center operations and store delivery across national networks for more than 30 major North American retailers. While continuing to lead DHL’s Retail organization, Gehr also assumed leadership of the transportation organization, serving as president, transportation North America from 2013 to 2016. Prior to joining DHL, Gehr was a senior manager at Ernst & Young in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Gehr received his BSBA in accounting from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and his CPA from Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
As announced earlier this year, Paul Green, UNFI’s current chief supply chain officer, will take on a new role as president, UNFI Fresh, where he will oversee the company’s meat and produce business and will report directly to Chairman and CEO Steven L. Spinner.
“I want to thank Paul for the tremendous job he’s done overseeing our supply chain throughout many years of rapid growth and change,” Dorne said. “I truly appreciate Paul’s leadership, exemplary results, partnership and friendship and know he will do an amazing job overseeing our fresh business.”