UNFI Accelerates Integration of SUPERVALU

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Providence, RI—United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) announced in a press release that it has appointed James Muehlbauer to its Board of Directors, effective April 22, 2019. Muehlbauer is the ninth member of the Board.

According to the press release, this appointment furthers UNFI’s commitment to expand the size of its Board, while bringing on expertise in areas that support UNFI’s new objectives following the recent acquisition of SUPERVALU.

Muehlbauer most recently served as the EVP and chief financial and administrative officer for The Valspar Corporation, positions he held from 2013 to 2017. Before that, he was the EVP and CFO of Best Buy.

Steven Spinner, UNFI chairman and CEO, said in the release: “Jim’s extensive financial background with strong commercial and leadership skills will make him a valuable addition to our Board. His knowledge and experience in broad strategic transitions and large-scale integration efforts directly aligns with the qualifications and expertise identified through our Board refreshment process.”

UNFI also announced that SUPERVALU will now operate under a national UNFI leadership team, advancing both UNFI’S execution of its long-term strategic objectives and short-term revenue and EBITDA growth objectives.

To this end, according to the press release, Sean Griffin—who has served as SUPERVALU CEO since October 2018—will also take on the role of COO.

Spinner said about Griffin’s appointment: “Sean is the ideal candidate to assume his previous role as our Chief Operating Officer, where he’ll influence and guide sales and operations across our entire organization.”

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