St. Cloud, Minnesota-based- Coborn’s has promoted Dave Meyer as president in addition to his role of chief operating officer of the employee-owned grocery chain.
He will become only the second president in the 101-year history of the company from outside the Coborn family.
Chris Coborn will continue to lead the company as chairman and CEO.
Meyer will oversee store operations, human resources, fresh and center store merchandising and marketing. He will continue to serve on the board of directors.
“Dave Meyer is the perfect leader for our company at this point in our growth. He will be instrumental in continuing to bring our leadership team and our business to the next level and position us well as we begin our next 100 years,” Chris Coborn said.
“Dave has a long history of strong, strategic vision and leadership in our organization. He has been instrumental in our growth, in implementing our next-generation and brand promise vision, and he has a strong sense of the challenges we have before us as we plan for our future. It’s these qualities that make Dave an invaluable leader for the organization,” he said.
“I am honored to serve in this role as this company continues in our next phase of growth,” said Meyer.
“We have been strategic to develop a business model, focused on our guests and delivering our brand promises. Those strategies have benefited our guests, creating a great experience in our stores and have made Coborn’s Inc. the greatest place to work. Meeting our goals will strengthen our commitment to our communities,” he said.
Additionally, the company has announced the promotions of several other key leaders as follows:
Troy Vosburgh, VP of fresh merchandising, has been named VP of operations-Eastern region. Vosburgh currently oversees the company’s merchandising strategy in its produce, meat, deli, bakery and floral departments.
He will report to Meyer. Vosburgh joined Coborn’s in 2020 from Skogan’s Festival Foods in Wisconsin, where he was VP of fresh foods for more than 14 years. He also previously served as director of produce, wine and spirits.
Emily Coborn has been named VP of retail services and will oversee pharmacy, liquor and e-commerce operations. Coborn previously was VP of operations-Eastern region.
Marti Sunderlin has been named VP of center store and fresh merchandising. Sunderlin has held various positions with Hornbacher’s since 2004 and with Coborn’s Inc. since 2018.
Sarah Putnam has been promoted to senior director of fresh merchandising, overseeing deli, bakery and floral. She most recently served as director of operations-Eastern region. Putnam has been with the company since 1998.
Jenn Weisgram has been promoted to senior director of fresh merchandising, overseeing produce, meat and seafood. She most recently served as director of operations-Western region. Weisgram has held various positions with Hornbacher’s since 2003 and with Coborns Inc. since 2018.
Amy Petersen has been promoted to social media strategist overseeing the growing needs in social media and content strategy for the company’s retail locations. She most recently served as a registered dietitian and has been with the company since 2016.
Coborn’s Inc. is a 101-year-old employee-owned grocery retailer with more than 9,500 employees and 66 grocery stores across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Michigan under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods, Tadych’s Marketplace and Hornbacher’s banners. Coborn’s Inc. also owns fuel, liquor, video and pharmacy locations. To support its 130 various retail business units, Coborn’s, Inc. operates its own central bakery, dry cleaning facility and grocery distribution center.
In 2021, Coborn’s Inc. was named The Shelby Report’s Midwest Retailer of the Year.
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