C&S Wholesale Grocers Names Eric Winn Chief Executive Officer as Bob Palmer Retires; Rick Cohen Comments
KEENE, NH - A new Chief Executive Officer will be stepping in for C&S Wholesale Grocers at the end of the year. The retailer recently announced that current Chief Operating Officer Eric Winn will be named as the new CEO following the retirement of current CEO Bob Palmer.
Winn is currently responsible for all operations, transportation, customer development, and expansion. Since joining C&S in 2004, he has held several leadership positions across the company. He has also served as President, Commercial, leading the commercial organization in support of independent and chain customers, as well as driving C&S’s further expansion in the retail market.
A press release stated that Winn will assume the role of CEO upon Bob Palmer’s retirement on October 2. In the coming months, Winn and Palmer will be working together on a smooth transition.
Rick Cohen, Chairman, commented on both of these leadership transitions.
“Eric has been visionary in transforming our operations to drive long-term sustainable growth. He has been deeply invested in ensuring that C&S will continue to be a market leader, while developing a pipeline of strong talent in every aspect of our operations,” said Cohen. “I look forward to Eric continuing C&S’s strong legacy of braggingly happy customers.”
As Winn steps up as CEO, Palmer will continue to provide his expertise as a member of the C&S Board of Directors.
Since his appointment as CEO in October 2020, Palmer has been responsible for all aspects of the company strategy, growth plan, customer satisfaction, and day-to-day operations. He has more than 30 years of industry experience, including serving as C&S’ Chief Procurement Officer and Head Buyer.
“The foundation of C&S’s success has always been our people. Today’s announcement demonstrates that this legacy remains strong. Bob was appointed CEO during extraordinary times—the pandemic and the resulting impact on our industry. Bob was critical in effectively leading C&S through these challenges and driving long-term growth,” said Cohen. “Bob has been a well-respected leader and customer partner. I am excited to have his continued dedication, leadership, and guidance as a member of our Board of Directors.”
Cheers to both of these leaders’ next steps!