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November 30, 2015 2:50 AM ET

Food and Staples Retailing

Company Overview of Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.

Company Overview

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., a retailer-owned cooperative, is engaged in the wholesale distribution of grocery, fresh meat, fresh produce, specialty food, health care, and general merchandise products to retail member stores in the United States. It designs merchandising programs and services; and provides store services, including advertising, DSG, EDI, education and training, member, real estate, marketing, reclamation, retail systems support, store engineering, and in-store marketing services. The company also offers general merchandise, health and beauty products, season merchandise, and specialty food products to stores in the United States; and supports a international retail ba...

5000 Kansas Avenue

Kansas City, KS 66106

United States

Founded in 1924





Key Executives for Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and President
Age: 64
Executive Vice President of Division Operations
Operations Director of AWG Property and Head of Caspian Point, Cardiff Bay Branch
Executive Vice President of Division Operations
Senior Vice President and Division Manager of Oklahoma City
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Key Developments

Associated Wholesale Grocers Announces Executive Changes

Associated Wholesale Grocers announced a series of executive appointments effective December 7, 2015. At that time, Steve Arnold, EVP of merchandising, will transfer to AWG's Oklahoma City division to the position of SVP and division manager, reporting to Jeff Pedersen, who was named EVP, division operations, this week. The company promoted Smith to division operations EVP and names Pedersen EVP, division operations. Throughout his career at AWG, Arnold has played a key role in the successful growth in private label, which exceeded $1 billion in sales under his leadership. Concurrent with Arnold's move, Dan Funk, SVP grocery, will be promoted to EVP, merchandising and marketing, reporting to David Smith, president and CEO-elect. Funk joined AWG from Supervalu in 2012 as president of Valu Merchandisers Co., where he successfully grew VMC sales. Replacing Funk in the role of SVP grocery will be Danny Lane, SVP and division manager of the Oklahoma City division. Lane has led the Oklahoma City division since 2013. Prior to his most recent role, Lane was VP, merchandising and marketing, for the division.

Associated Wholesale Grocers Announces Management Changes

Associated Wholesale Grocers announced that it has promoted Jeff Pedersen to EVP of division operations, effective October 19, 2015. He succeeds David Smith, who was previously named president and CEO of the Kansas City, Kan.-based cooperative, effective in January. Pedersen was formerly SVP, member services. In his new role he will be responsible for AWG operations and member services. Pedersen joined AWG in 1997 as a division manager in Oklahoma City after working for Hinky Dinky, Bag-n-Save and Hy-Vee.

Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. Announces Management Changes

Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. has announced a successor to Jerry Garland, president and CEO. David Smith, executive vice president of operations, will assume his new role in January. Garland joined AWG 25 years ago and has been president and CEO since 2009. The company's new leader got his start in the food industry as an independent store owner. He also worked in wholesale for 17 years in a number of positions at Malone & Hyde Inc. and Fleming. Smith, who joined AWG in 2003, opened the co-op's new Gulf Coast Division in 2013.

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