St. Louis -- Schnuck Markets announced that Robert Hardester has been appointed the company's new CIO. Hardester succeeds Mark Zimmerman, who recently announced that he would be leaving the company.
Hardester most recently served as a VP corporate systems at Express Scripts, where he was responsible for application development. He previously held the position of CIO at Furniture Brands International and at General Electric.
The Schnucks executive team is interested in moving forward in ways that appeal to the individual customer rather than to the masses,” Hardester said. “That requires more analytics and more emphasis on consumer trends. Maintaining a secure IT environment is a top priority in today’s retail world, but Schnucks is a company that wants to do more with IT — leveraging segmentation, merchandising, mobile apps, social networking and using what is learned to help deliver positive and exciting in-store experiences.”