Parent company of Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo taps veteran grocery exec as CEO
Southeastern Grocers has made a temporary appointment permanent.
The supermarket operator, parent company of Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Fresco y Más, and Harveys, has appointed Anthony Hucker president and CEO, effective immediately. Hucker has served as interim president and CEO since July 1, 2017.
"He has played an integral role in our successful transformation over the last 18 months and we are positive he is the right leader to guide SEG," the company stated. "Anthony brings significant industry expertise, and we are confident that he will continue to improve the business to the benefit of our dedicated customers across the Southeast."
Before joining SEG in March 2016, Hucker was president and COO of Schnucks, one of the largest privately held supermarket chains in the U.S. He also held the position of president of Giant Food, based in Washington, D.C., and served on the executive board of Ahold USA.
Prior to Giant Food, Anthony spent seven years at Wal-Mart Stores in a variety of leadership positions, internationally and domestically. He began as the CIO of the Americas, formed the global format development division and was promoted to head of strategy and business development for Walmart USA. He also worked for 10 years with Aldi, where he served in a variety of leadership assignments in Germany, the U.S. and Austria, and was part of the original startup leadership team that set up Aldi UK.
CEO turnover up in July — and not just in retail
The month of July saw a big turnover at the top.
The number of chief executive officers who announced their departures continued to rise last month, with 102 CEOs leaving their posts in July, according to a report by global outplacement consultancy and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. This is a 7.3% increase compared to June’s exits, and a 10.9% increase over the 92 CEOs who left their posts in July of last year. (The Challenger reports are pulled from press releases and announcements of both public and private companies in the United States.)
But while July boasted a noticeable increase in exits, the total number of chief executives who have left their posts so far in 2017 is just 669, which is 6.6% fewer than the 716 CEOs who left by the end of July 2016. The trend of fewer CEO exits in 2017 was consistent throughout the majority of industries surveyed. However, retail was among the industries bucking the trend, losing more this year than last.
All told, 19 retail CEOs departed in July. From January through July, a total of 30 retail leaders have departed.
The government/non-profit sector experienced the most turnover in its top posts this year, with 99 CEO changes year to date, 23 of which occurred in July.
The Westchester launches social media sweepstakes
The Westchester Mall in White Plains, New York, is backing its tenants this back-to-school season with a $3,500 social media sweepstakes.
Promoted via a digital video filmed at The Westchester, the contest asks shoppers to fill in a blank of their favorite purchase and gain extra credit by sharing a picture of it on social media.
The Westchester is Simon Property Group'sprime location in the suburban New York City county of Westchester, presenting high-end brands in a marble-lined, skylit center. Tenants include Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel, Tiffany, Burberry, Apple, and P.F. Chang’s.