Kansas City, Kan.-based Associated Wholesale Grocers has made changes to bring wholesale operations, sales, services and subsidiaries under one operating team.
“It is AWG’s mission to provide our member-retailers all the tools, products and services they need to compete favorably in all markets served,” David Smith, AWG president and CEO, said in a news release. “This includes top quality supermarket merchandise and support services, all at the lowest possible cost. To fulfill that mission in these times of change, our organizational structure must evolve to best support the needs of our members, our fellow teammates, and to support the ongoing relationship with our vendor-partners.
Dan Funk, the company’s chief supply chain and merchandising officer, has been promoted to chief operating officer, a new role for the company.
He will be responsible for leading day-to-day operations of the cooperative and for making progress on the company’s five strategic initiatives: same store sales growth, member services and support, leadership development and succession-ready organization, distribution network improvement, and cooperative and subsidiary growth.
Jeff Pedersen, executive vice president and chief sales and support officer, is now also responsible for the growing Valu Merchandisers Co. subsidiary.
Tye Anthony, vice president of AWG Brands and merchandising, has been promoted to senior vice president of merchandising. He will lead the merchandising team that handles produce, meat, bakery, deli, category management, AWG Brands, inventory management and business analytics.
“I could not be more proud of all this talented group of leaders have accomplished in the past year,” Smith said in the release. “We are blessed to have this kind of leadership talent and depth, and I consider it a privilege to work with all of them.”