SpartanNash Names Douglas Hacker as Chairman of the Board; CEO Tony Sarsam Comments
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The past few months have been transformational for many companies as they work to fortify their operations, and SpartanNash is no different. Following the recent announcement of several executive shakeups, including the retirement of Chairman Dennis Eidson and the appointment of David Petko as Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, the retailer has now announced it has named Douglas Hacker as Chairman of its Board of Directors.
“This is an exciting, transformational phase for SpartanNash as the company has recently welcomed several new leaders and launched key initiatives for growth and operational excellence,” said Hacker. “I am privileged to continue serving on the Board and look forward to celebrating the team’s future successes.”
Hacker was officially voted in as Chairman after the company’s 2021 annual shareholder meeting on May 26, according to a press release, following former Chairman Dennis Edison’s retirement. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Columbia Funds Board, a mutual fund complex with more than $300 billion in assets, in addition to holding the position of Director and Chairman of the audit and investment committees for Aircastle Limited.
Before being voted in as the new Chairman, Hacker served as a Director of Nash Finch since 2005, prior to its merger with SpartanNash in 2013. Since 2018, he has also acted as SpartanNash’s Lead Independent Director.
Hacker has also gained vast leadership experience through his role as Executive Vice President of Strategy for UAL Corporation from 2002 through 2006, as well as President of Loyalty Services in 2001, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1999–2001. He also served as a Director for Travelport Worldwide Limited from 2016–2019 and for SeaCube Container Leasing from 2010–2015.
“With Doug’s involvement in SpartanNash dating back 16 years, he brings an incredible depth of knowledge about our business,” President and CEO Tony Sarsam said. “He shares a People First vision for our future, and I appreciate the opportunity to work with him to advance our industry leadership.”
Congratulations to Douglas Hacker and the entire SpartanNash team for its continued growth!