FreshDirect Founder Jason Ackerman Exits CEO Position
NEW YORK, NY - Amidst FreshDirect’s continued growth, expansion, and innovation, the company’s Founder and CEO, Jason Ackerman—who has been with the company for 20 years—is stepping down. Co-Founder David McInerney will take on the role of CEO, as well as join the Board of Directors.
“Over the last 20 years, we have built and grown this business into an industry leader, one that truly makes a difference in the lives of our customers,” Ackerman expressed. “Building FreshDirect and FoodKick alongside an incredible group of talented people has been a tremendous experience. I am confident the team will continue to drive the business forward and stay true to our unwavering commitment to deliver the best quality food with outstanding customer service.”
Two years ago, the company expanded its portfolio with FoodKick’s launch. The addition of this leg of business included on-demand business for city residents that showcases curated food, alcohol, and essentials. This year, though, the online fresh food grocer will move forward with its FreshDirect Campus, a state-of-the-art facility in New York City’s South Bronx. This development reimagines farm-to-fork food distribution and manufacturing, as it provides high-quality fresh food for customers.
“Jason and I have worked together since the beginning, and we are very proud of what we have accomplished over the years. This is a very exciting time for the company, as we settle into our new home,” McInerney shared. “I look forward to working with the entire FreshDirect team, as we usher the company into this next chapter of growth.”
McInerney was Chief Merchandising Officer before taking on the role of CEO upon Ackerman’s departure. In his previous role, McInerney oversaw food sources, buying, and merchandising. He traveled all over the world to develop relationships with the company’s producer partners.
Congratulations to Jason Ackerman, David McInerney, and FreshDirect on the next chapter!