Associated Wholesale Grocers Announces Chief Transition
KANSAS CITY, KS - It has often been said that one of the only certainties in life is change, and Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) is proving this adage to be true as a leadership transition takes place at the company. AWG recently announced that Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Randy Berry retired in April 2021, and Shelly Moore has stepped in as his successor.
Moore joins AWG from Yellow, where she served as Vice President, IT Infrastructure and Security. Throughout her time at the company, she led the development of the IT infrastructure and the roadmap to optimize infrastructure, support, and security services, according to a press release.
Prior to her position at Yellow, Moore held roles of increasing responsibilities at Payless ShoeSource, SuperValu/Albertsons, and Ernst & Young/Cap Gemini Consulting, offering her a diverse background of experience. Having expertise in grocery, retail, production agriculture, and logistics industries, she will be instrumental in driving the success of AWG.
“Her impressive career growth from consulting and analytics, managing strategic and tactical business projects, directing various technical initiatives, support and delivery teams, and business critical initiatives made her an excellent candidate,” said Gary Koch, Chief Financial Officer. “Her leadership will help support the needs of our business operations and strategic initiatives.”
Moore has taken over her new role from Randy Berry who retired from AWG in April after 38 years of service.
After starting in the Kansas City Division Accounting department in 1983, Berry moved to corporate roles in Internal Audit and Corporate Accounting. During his time with AWG, Berry established the Business Systems Group and was transitioned to Information Technology, earning progressive leadership roles.
In 2014, he earned the title of Vice President of Information Technology and was then named SVP and Chief Information Officer in 2017, along with becoming a member of the executive leadership team in 2017.
“When Randy started with the company in 1983, neither Randy nor AWG probably realized the relationship that had just started,” added Koch, in regard to Berry’s retirement. “His employment with AWG put into motion a series of events that would culminate in his influence and leadership of, as well as collaboration with, an astounding number of employees, along with our valued members and trading partners. Randy’s contributions of wisdom, perspective, and loyalty to this company will be greatly missed and have been sincerely appreciated by those of us fortunate to have served with him.”
Cheers to both Randy Berry and Shelly Moore as they start down new paths!