The Fresh Market finds new CEO in former Food Lion CEO

Specialty grocer The Fresh Market named Rick Anicetti president and CEO, effective Sept. 1, to replace former president and CEO Craig Carlock, who resigned abruptly in January after 15 years with the company.

Anicetti was president and CEO of Food Lion, a subsidiary of Delhaize Group, for eight years and COO for two years prior. He also held several leadership positions at supermarket chain Hannaford Bros over the course of 20 years, including as exec-VP and general manager of the southeast division for six years.

During his time at Food Lion, Anicetti transformed the business from a distribution company to a customer-centric organization. He has more than 30 years of experience in the retail industry overall.

"Rick is a highly accomplished food retail executive serving in leadership roles at Hannaford and Delhaize," said Ray Berry, founder and chairman of The Fresh Market. "He and I have spent time together reviewing the competitive marketplace and I am impressed with his knowledge of store operations, as well as his demonstrated vision, innovation and ability to successfully run large grocery organizations."

Anicetti is director of the board at Smart & Final stores, a board member at Number Holdings, the parent company of 99 Cents Only Stores, and was the former co-CEO of Delhaize America. He is also president and founder of The Anicetti Leadership Group.

"Rick will be the first CEO hired from outside the company, and we believe that he has the right combination of strategic leadership and personnel skills to lead The Fresh Market into a new phase of growth and build value for our stockholders in the coming years," said Rich Noll, lead independent director of The Fresh Market board of directors.

Sean Crane, exec-VP and COO, has served as interim CEO during the executive search. "We remain grateful to Sean Crane for his efforts towards improving our operations in this time of transition," Berry said. Press Release