SpartanNash Promotes Derek Tufts to Vice President, Human Resources; Nicole Zube Shares
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - One tenured Human Resources expert is adding a new VP role to their resume. It was recently announced that SpartanNash’s Derek Tufts has been promoted to Vice President, Human Resources.
As he takes on this expanded role, Tufts will focus on developing and training Human Resources Business Partners. As a press release noted, he will also be responsible for driving retention and reducing turnover, partnering with the centers of excellence in HR, and improving overall HR business-facing operations. He will play a key role in coaching senior leaders and developing HR Business Partners to advance SpartanNash’s People First culture.
Tufts joined SpartanNash in 2019 as Director, Human Resources for the Retail segment before being promoted to Senior Director, Human Resources of Corporate and Retail in 2022.
While with the company, he played a vital role in keeping its stores open and safe during the height of the pandemic. He was also an instrumental part of the company’s various M&A integrations and led a project team to update the company’s associate relations process.
“Derek has played a vital leadership role in ensuring the HR strategy and practices align to our People First culture, and we’re proud to promote from within to extend his expertise to positively impact our Associate experience across the company,” said SpartanNash Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer Nicole Zube.
A trusted coach and advisor to many associates and leaders, Tufts brings over 25 years of extensive human resources experience in employee relations, development, and retention for global retailers including Toys “R” Us, OfficeMax, and more.
Congratulations to Derek Tufts on his newest role!