SpartanNash promotes executive VPs to streamline management

SpartanNash announced the promotion of two executive VPs to new positions within the company. Dave Staples (right), currently executive VP and CFO, has been named COO, while Derek Jones, executive VP of food distribution, has been promoted to president of wholesale and distribution operations. Both promotions became effective March 1.

In his new role, Staples will be responsible for all three operating segments of the company: retail, wholesale and military distribution. His appointment will allow President and CEO Dennis Eidson to focus more on long-term strategy and growth opportunities. Staples will also continue to act as CFO until the company finds a replacement.

"This appointment is part of our robust three-year integration plan," Eidson said of Staples' new role. "The size and scope of SpartanNash today demands a dedicated COO. We are pleased to have had such an exceptional internal candidate."

Staples has been with the company since 2000, serving in his previous role since November of that year. He helped lead the merger between Spartan Stores and The Nash Finch Company in November 2013, and guided the company from a value of $1.98 billion in 2003 to $7.9 billion in 2014.

Jones will report to Staples and will be responsible for overseeing the entire supply chain, including military supply chain operations.

"This streamlined approach is critical to our mission to leverage our expertise in food distribution and retail to develop, activate and provide impactful solutions that exceed expectations for associates, customers and partners," Eidson said. "Derek's extensive experience and expertise in food distribution will result in increased efficiencies and a 'one way' operation with his leadership."

Jones joined the company in 2006 from Unisource Worldwide, where he was VP of distribution for the eastern region. He has also held senior operations management positions with Office Depot, Walgreens and Walmart. Press release