EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu Inc. named Mark Gross as president and chief executive officer, effective February 5. Gross, 52, succeeds Sam Duncan, who is retiring at the end of the month.
Supervalu said Duncan will step down from the board upon his retirement but will continue to serve as a special adviser to the board to ensure a smooth transition.
Gross has more than two decades of experience in the grocery and wholesale industries. For the past 10 years he has led Surry Investment Advisors, a firm he founded to provide consulting services to grocery distributors and retailers.
From 1997 to 2006, Gross worked at C&S Wholesale Grocers, including a two-year stint as co-president. He also worked as the company’s chief financial officer, general counsel and president of the company’s affiliated retail grocery operations.
Gross earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating cum laude. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College, where he graduated with the highest honors in his major, Supervalu said.
“Mark is a talented, strategic and results-driven leader with a wealth of industry experience,” commented Jerry Storch, Supervalu’s nonexecutive chairman. “We are extremely pleased that Mark will be leading Supervalu, and we look forward to working with him to drive the company’s performance.”
Gross remarked in a statement that he is thrilled to be joining Supervalu.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to help take the company to the next level and to work with the board and management team to set the strategic path for the future,” he said. “I look forward to working with our great customers and the talented group of employees in this company, including working with Eric Claus as Supervalu continues to explore and prepare for a potential spin-off of Save-A-Lot.”
Supervalu last month filed plans with regulators to spin off its hard-discount division Save-A-Lot as a public company.