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|SUPERVALU Names Wayne Shurts Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer|
MINNEAPOLIS, Apr 08, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --SUPERVALU (NYSE: SVU) announced today it has named Wayne Shurts as its new executive vice president, chief information officer. Shurts, 50, has 25 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry, most recently serving as the global chief information officer at Cadbury, PLC. He will join SUPERVALU on April 26 and report directly to Craig Herkert, CEO and president.
"Wayne is a strong and proven leader who understands the grocery industry as well as the systems behind supply chain and logistics within retail organizations," said Craig Herkert, SUPERVALU CEO and president. "He is an outstanding addition to our team, and will be invaluable as we continue our focus on becoming America's Neighborhood Grocer."
Prior to joining Cadbury, PLC, Shurts spent 20 years with Nabisco, where he started in various roles within the financial, marketing and sales analysis organization. He then moved into Nabisco's sales and marketing information systems area where he took on roles of increasing responsibility including vice president of sales operations, vice president of North American supply chain process, and vice president of e-business. Shurts left Nabisco in 2001 to start his own consulting firm, where he worked with diverse companies such as Avaya, IBM and Johnson & Johnson to deliver transformational technology strategies.
In his new role at SUPERVALU, Shurts will lead the company's IT strategy and project implementation. Shurts is replacing Colin Cobain, who was appointed in June 2009 as SUPERVALU's interim chief information officer. Since that time, a search had been underway to fill the role permanently.
About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest companies in the U.S. grocery channel with estimated annual sales of $41 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of approximately 4,300 stores composed of approximately 1,200 traditional and premium stores, including 850 in-store pharmacies; 1,180 hard discount Save-A-Lot stores, of which 860 are operated by licensee owners; and 1,920 independent stores serviced primarily by the company's traditional food distribution business. SUPERVALU has approximately 170,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU, visit www.supervalu.com.