Save A Lot Appoints Leon Bergmann Chief Executive Officer; Justin Shaw Comments
ST. LOUIS, MO - So far, 2022 has played host to seismic leadership transitions across the retail industry. Keeping with this pattern, Save A Lot is the latest grocery chain to reveal changes to its executive team as its Board of Directors has appointed Leon Bergmann to Chief Executive Officer.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead a tremendous brand like Save A Lot, and to work closely with the amazing team of retail partners that are so dedicated to delivering quality and value to its customers,” stated Bergmann. “The Save A Lot model is well-positioned to capitalize in industry trends and meet the needs of consumers. I look forward to working with my colleagues at all levels to build on our legacy as the industry’s leading hometown grocer.”
Stepping into this new position, Bergmann brings with him over 20 years of experience in the grocery and wholesale sectors, a press release explained. Most recently, he served as the CEO of Harvest Sherwood Food Distributors, executing a comprehensive growth strategy for the large food distributor. Prior to that, he held leadership roles with several retailers and wholesalers, including C&S Holdings, Unified Grocers, and SuperValu, where he was President of SuperValu West Region.
As Bergmann prepares to transition to the role of CEO, Justin Shaw, Chairman of the Board, shared his support for the leader’s appointment.
“With more than two decades of industry experience, Leon combines deep industry expertise and a consistent track record of success at leading grocery brands and wholesale businesses that will be invaluable as we execute against our long-term growth strategy,” he said. “His proven ability to meet the needs of associates, customers, and vendors also makes him an ideal fit to lead the business and its strong network of retail partners across the country. We are excited to welcome Leon to the Save A Lot team and look forward to working alongside him and the management team as we pursue the strategic growth opportunities ahead.”
In his new position, Bergmann will succeed interim CEO Craig Heckert, officially manning the helm starting in March. Shaw also shared his appreciation for Heckert and the work he has done to help the company.
“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Craig Herkert for his leadership during the six months he served in the role as interim CEO, and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” he added.
Cheers to Leon Bergmann as he takes this exciting new path in his retail career!