SUPERVALU CEO Sam Duncan Announces Additional Appointments to Executive Team

  SUPERVALU CEO Sam Duncan Announces Additional Appointments to Executive Team

    Janel Haugarth to stay as President of SUPERVALU’s wholesale division

Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS -- March 22, 2013

SUPERVALU (NYSE: SVU) today announced appointments to its executive team,
including Janel Haugarth who will remain with the company as executive vice
president and president of independent business and supply chain services. The
announcement comes as Sam Duncan, SUPERVALU president and chief executive
officer, continues finalizing his leadership team following the sale of five
retail banners to AB Acquisition LLC, a transaction that was completed
yesterday, March 21, 2013.

Haugarth to continue as head of SUPERVALU’s largest division

Haugarth, who has spent more than 35 years in a variety of leadership
positions with SUPERVALU, agreed to continue as executive vice president and
president of independent business and supply chain services. In this important
role, Haugarth will oversee the company’s wholesale and distribution business
which is expected to account for nearly 50 percent of SUPERVALU’s annual
revenues after the transaction closes. SUPERVALU’s Independent Business
division is the primary grocery supplier to nearly 2,000 of the country’s most
successful independent grocery retailers across 43 states. She also will lead
supply chain services for the company which consists of 19 distribution
centers across the country.

“It was a priority for me to keep Janel with the organization going forward,”
said Duncan. “She is highly respected by our independent retailers and her
experience and leadership ensures stability as we continue to help these
important stakeholders grow and prosper.”

New Chief Information Officer appointed

Randy Burdick has been named executive vice president, chief information
officer for the company, effective March 25. In this role, Burdick is
responsible for SUPERVALU’S information technology infrastructure and
personnel, as well as the shared service/contact center organization. He joins
SUPERVALU after spending the past eight years as chief information officer at

Burdick has more than 28 years in a variety of technology leadership
positions, including experience as group information officer for
Hewlett-Packard and chief information officer at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).
He began his career as an automation engineer at Harris Semiconductor. Burdick
replaces Kathy Persian, senior vice president and chief information officer,
who will leave the company. Persian has served in her current role since Sept.
2012 and previously held the positions of group vice president, corporate
planning, analysis and business process, finance, and group vice president of
retail and merchandising systems, IT, with the company. She will stay with
SUPERVALU through April 5 to help ensure a smooth and efficient transition.

New Human Resources and Communications Leader named

Michele Murphy has been named executive vice president, human resources and
corporate communications for the company, effective March 25. In this role,
Murphy oversees all of SUPERVALU’s human resources functions, labor relations
and corporate communications. She has spent the last seven years as
SUPERVALU’s senior vice president of corporate human resources and labor

Murphy has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of positions dealing
with employment law, human resources and labor relations. She has served in
roles with international law firm Morgan Lewis, grocery store operator
American Stores and roles of increasing responsibility at Albertsons and
SUPERVALU. Murphy replaces Dave Pylipow, executive vice president, human
resources and corporate communications, who will leave the company at the end
of April. Pylipow has served in his current role since 2006, and previously
held the position of vice president, human resources at Save-a-Lot. He will
stay with SUPERVALU for several weeks to help complete the transition of

With the transaction completed, J. Andrew (Andy) Herring, executive vice
president, real estate, market development and legal, will depart the company.
Herring joined SUPERVALU in February 1998 as vice president of corporate
development and external relations and was promoted to senior vice president
in 1999. He has held numerous positions during his career at the company,
including management of its in-store pharmacy business from 2002 to 2006.
Herring has served in his current role since 2010, during which time he was
responsible for real estate, mergers and acquisitions and legal.

Commenting on the departures, Duncan said, “Andy played a critical role in
structuring the deal with AB Acquisition LLC and in overseeing much of the
important work necessary to complete the transaction. I appreciate his
leadership and many contributions to the company over the past 15 years.”

“I would also like to personally thank Dave and Kathy for their contributions
to the company. Dave has been an integral member of SUPERVALU for 15 years and
of the executive team for the last seven. He has worked tirelessly since the
transaction announcement to assist me in building our new organization,” said

Duncan continued, “During her tenure, Kathy has completed a tremendous amount
of work in finance, especially her leadership of our organizational efficiency
initiative, and technology, including her leadership of improved tools and
processes supporting our retail businesses. I wish Andy, Dave and Kathy all
the best with their future endeavors.”


SUPERVALU Inc. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the
U.S. with annual sales of approximately $17 billion. SUPERVALU serves
customers across the United States through a network of approximately 3,470
stores composed of 1,950 independent stores serviced primarily by the
Company’s food distribution business, 1,331 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 950
are operated by licensee owners; and 191 traditional retail grocery stores.
Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 35,000 employees. For
more information about SUPERVALU visit


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