Providence, Rhode Island-based United Natural Foods has named Erin Horvath as chief supply chain transformation officer, a new role that will help build its transformation agenda and future capabilities, drive value creation for shareholders and create an improving experience for customers and suppliers.
Horvath assumes the role on Oct. 17 and will report to Sandy Douglas, CEO.
“As we work to be the most valuable partner to our grocery retailer customers, we must continue evolving our supply chain network, leveraging automation, creating new efficiencies and capabilities within our facilities, and using technology, data, and insights to improve our customer experience,” Douglas said.
“Erin has a wealth of experience, including a unique combination of strategy execution, operations, customer analytics and software implementation. Throughout her career, she has successfully worked across teams and departments and I’m looking forward to seeing how her experience and fresh thinking can best support Mark Bushway, our chief supply chain officer, and Louis Martin, our chief strategy and transformation officer, as they partner together to drive positive results.”
The addition of Horvath to UNFI’s leadership team supports the company’s focus on improvement and its ongoing work to create an efficient, expansive food supply network.
“UNFI has a tremendous history and foundation in place, coupled with an exciting growth roadmap that is both aggressive and achievable,” Horvath said.
“The food industry, like many industries, is experiencing significant change. UNFI’s focus on, and investment in, advancing technologies and transforming operations is a testament to leadership’s commitment to a long-term strategy that will best support customers and suppliers within this evolving landscape.”
Horvath will oversee UNFI’s fulfillment network transformation, as well lead automation initiatives, including the automation agreement with Symbotic. Her work will support the company’s long-term strategy, using her experience gained at AmerisourceBergen Corporation, a more than $200 billion global pharmaceutical wholesale company.
During her tenure at AmerisourceBergen, Horvath served as chief transformation officer with a focus on accelerating the company’s subsidiaries, strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisition activities. She also has experience leading AmerisourceBergen’s distribution network in roles as president of distribution services (2019-21) and SVP of distribution services (2017-19) overseeing a team of more than 5,000 employees and managing more than 50 distribution centers.
To learn more about the company, visit unfi.com.