Aldi adds exec to strengthen US team

Aldi has added another executive to its U.S. team as the retailer prepares for a major expansion here.

Brent Laubaugh, VP, Saxonburg division, has been promoted to co-president of Aldi in the United States. He joins David Behm and Chuck Youngstrom, who continue in their roles as co-presidents. All three co-presidents report to Jason Hart, Aldi CEO.

Aldi is in the midst of an aggressive expansion intended to double its stores here by the end of 2018. This month Aldi will open its first stores in Southern California, and plans to open 45 locations in that market and 650 new stores nationally within five years.

The value-priced grocery has been making more than executive changes in advance of the U.S. expansion. Aldi now takes credit cards and has vastly expanded its selection of all natural, organic and free-from grocery items, even revamping checkout lanes to feature healthier snacks.

For more:
-See this Aldi press release

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