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Bagan Begins Role As Gelson’s President, CEO

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Encino, California-based Gelson’s has promoted John Bagan to president and CEO, following the departure of Rob McDougall, who retired after 15 years with Gelson’s at the end of the year.

In a Sept. 9 internal email to Gelson’s employees that he shared with The Shelby Report, McDougall announced his intent to retire. He attributed the decision to a variety of reasons, but “first and foremost it is all about family.”

In his new role, Bagan will assume greater responsibility for the company’s overall vision, business and growth strategy, as well as managing relationships with the board of directors and parent company Pan Pacific International Holdings. He joined Gelson’s as CMO in 2016 following merchandising and supply chain roles at Guitar Center, Albertsons and Target. He began his career as a business analyst for Morgan Stanley.

Gelson’s has also promoted Rich Gillmore to VP of center store and Sean Saenz to VP of fresh foods, while announcing title changes to reflect additional responsibilities:

  • Clare Bogle has been promoted to chief financial and administrative officer with responsibilities for finance, accounting, accounts payable, analytics, payroll, risk management, legal and benefits.
  • Ron Johnson has been named chief information and supply chain officer with responsibilities for IT, supply chain and PPIH synergies.
  • Tom Frattali has been promoted to SVP of group synergies, leading Gelson’s efforts in group purchasing, supply chain efficiencies and private label expansion with the parent company.
  • Paul Kneeland has been named SVP of merchandising and sales with responsibilities for center store and fresh foods merchandising.
  • Tim Mahoney has been promoted to SVP of operations, with responsibilities for store operations, pharmacies, construction, maintenance and loss prevention.
  • Yvonne Manganaro has been named SVP of customer and team experience with responsibilities for marketing, human resources, team development, public affairs and real estate.

For more information about Gelson’s, visit gelsons.com/about-us/profile.

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