Big Y Foods has appointed Stephen M. Creed to the new position of senior director of distribution and logistics. Creed is responsible for leading Big Y’s distribution teams as they transition into their newly expanded 430,000-s.f. space. He reports to Michael P. D’Amour, EVP and COO.
Creed has more than 40 years of experience in the distribution industry, mostly within the supermarket realm. He began his career in 1979 with Stop & Shop Inc. where he held various positions including both produce and grocery receiving and operations. Throughout his career he’s held positions of increasing responsibility at companies such as Spartan Stores in Michigan, where he was the assistant warehouse manager. At C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. in Massachusetts and Vermont, he started as facility manager and then became director of perishables distribution.
In 1997, Creed was appointed director of operations for Quality King Distributors Inc., a consumer packaged goods company in New York where he managed nationwide distribution from five separate warehouses consisting of food, pharmaceuticals, health and beauty care, fragrances and general merchandise. He later became director of distribution for Supervalu in Suffield, Connecticut, before being promoted to project director for corporate distribution at its headquarters in Minnesota and later promoted to general manager of logistics services in its Midwest regional headquarters distribution center in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Returning to his New England roots from 2005-19, Creed joined Associated Grocers of New England in Pembroke, New Hampshire. He started as VP of warehousing and transportation, became SVP of warehousing and transportation until his most recent position there as SVP of supply chain management.
Creed has served on the New Hampshire Motor Transport Association and The Ryder National Food & Beverage Advisory Board. His professional training includes the Cornell University Executive Food Management Program along with Dale Carnegie Executive Management and Zenger-Miller Quest Training.
A resident of Marshfield, he and his wife, Carol have three children.
Big Y Foods Inc., based in Springfield, Massachusetts, is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. It operates 83 locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut including 71 supermarkets, Fresh Acres Market, Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors and 10 Big Y Express gas and convenience locations with almost 12,000 employees.