Unified Grocers, a wholesale grocery distributor in the western United States, has made a number of key internal promotions and additions to its leadership team designed to support its growth strategy. “To continue our recent momentum will take imaginative and energetic leadership,” said President and CEO Bob Ling in announcing the changes. “That means continuing to develop and add to our senior team, giving opportunities to those who have proved themselves ready to take the next step in their careers and adding the best talent from outside the company.”

Key among the announced changes are three promotions within the company’s senior management team. President of Market Centre Joe Falvey and Chief Marketing Officer Sue Klug have been elevated to Executive Vice President, and Chief Information Officer Gary Herman has been promoted to Senior Vice President.

Joe Falvey has been with the company since 1999 and has been instrumental in driving the successful growth of Unified’s Specialty division, Market Centre. Under his leadership, Market Centre has become an integral part of what sets Unified apart from the competition, creating new sales opportunities in growing categories such as organic, natural and ethnic foods.

Sue Klug has served as Chief Marketing Officer since joining Unified in 2012. She is responsible for all Corporate Marketing and Communications activities, as well as the company’s Retail Marketing Service and Retail Technology functions. Sue has already elevated Unified’s marketing efforts in a number of areas, developing new strategies including a robust scan data program giving retail insights to our retail members and the company’s successful Celebremos! and MercadoSavings Hispanic marketing programs. In an expanded role, she is now responsible for Strategic Sourcing and Real Estate. In addition, Sue — working closely with members of our board — will take a leadership role in strategic planning.


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