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Schnucks Names Reese As Chief People Officer

Jada D. Reese

St. Louis, Missouri-based Schnuck Markets has hired Jada D. Reese to lead the company’s human resources team as its new chief people officer.

Reese will begin her role on Jan. 30 and brings 26 years of professional experience, including human resources leadership roles at BJC Healthcare, Express Scripts and Anheuser-Busch. She most recently held the role of SVP of human resources at Enterprise Bank & Trust. 

Reese will oversee department functions including teammate recruitment, retention, labor relations, training and development, diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, culture and values integration. Reese will also become a member of the company’s strategy team, the 10 executives tasked with leading the overall direction and execution of the company. 

“As we live our mission to nourish people’s lives, we know it begins with our most important resource – our nearly 12,000 teammates,” said Todd Schnuck, Schnucks chairman and CEO.

“Jada’s broad industry leadership experience in human resources, along with her values-based approach to empowering teams, will help us to position our teammates for success in everything we do to serve our customers.” 

During Reese’s career, she has led human resources initiatives at major St. Louis companies, including implementing diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, overseeing mergers and acquisitions integrations, developing employee recruitment and retention programs

Reese is a native of Normandy, Missouri, and holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T and a master of business administration from Washington University. She is a 2007 graduate of FOCUS St. Louis’ Leadership program, a St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellow and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. 

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets is a third and fourth generation, family-owned grocery retailer. It operates 114 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin and has 12,000 employees. The company annually donates more than $13 million in food to pantries.

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