Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Boosts Executive Lineup
DOWNERS GROVE, IL - Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has revealed that two executives roles have been filled. Dean Little has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Tod Pepin will be the new Chief Merchandising Officer. Making sure communities live healthier lifestyles is the main focus and reason for this new change in leadership.
“As we continue our commitment to making fresh, organic food accessible to all, we are incredibly happy to promote and bring on these innovative leaders whose passion matches our own,” said Chris Sherrell, President and CEO. “We are confident these talented executives will offer fresh ideas, deliver new innovations, and lead the company to continued success.”
With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Little joined the Fresh Thyme team in 2017 as Chief Operations Officer. He previously served as SVP of Operations for Price Chopper. As Chief Operating Officer, Little will continue to have oversight of store operations, new store development, asset protection, and food safety, with the added responsibility of the company’s real estate, construction and distribution center operations.
According to a press release, Pepin has experience in merchandising strategy, category management, replenishment, and retail operations with more than 25 years in the industry. Previously, Pepin served as Senior Vice President of Foods Merchandising for Meijer. Pepin came to Meijer from Delhaize America, where he served as the Senior Vice President of Merchandising Governance, Private Brands and Business Planning. In this position, he oversaw consistency of execution, performance, and accountability across all retail banners. Fresh Thyme is thrilled to bring Pepin on as the new Chief Merchandising Officer with oversight of all merchandising, marketing, and pricing for the company.
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