Asda names Clarke as CEO
London Wal-Mart Stores announced Tuesday that its British grocery subsidiary Asda named current COO Andy Clarke as its president and CEO, effective immediately.
Current CEO Andy Bond will serve as chairman of Asda’s executive committee, also effective immediately, Wal-Mart said.
Reports circulated last Thursday that Asda Group Ltd. would announce its new chief sometime this week. Media speculations had Clarke, 46, taking the top position after trading director Darren Blackhurst left the company and other potential rival candidates ruled themselves out.
Asda is Britain’s second-biggest supermarket group behind Tesco, but has lost market share in recent months. It announced in April that chief executive Andy Bond was moving to become part-time chairman and that it would unveil a sizeable expansion of non-food lines and introduce smaller-format stores.
Asda has since also launched a “price guarantee” that offers to refund shoppers the difference if they can find their groceries cheaper elsewhere.
Safeway names president of merchandising
Pleasanton, Calif. Safeway announced the appointment of Kelly Griffith to president, merchandising.
Griffith will oversee the company’s entire perishable and non-perishable business units including grocery, general merchandise, produce, meat, seafood, bakery, food service, and floral.
He joined Safeway 30 years ago in the company’s Seattle division. After working his way through a range of retail store management assignments, Griffith was assigned to the company’s corporate retail operations team in 1999 and elected to VP the following year. Most recently, he served as president and general manager of perishables.
Trans World names president, COO
Albany, N.Y. Trans World Entertainment Corp. Monday announced the appointment of Mike Honeyman as its president and COO.
Prior to joining Trans World, Honeyman served as president COO of Bernie’s TV and Appliances from 2006 to 2010.