Sweetbay Names CEO
Tampa, Fla. Sweetbay Supermarket named company Michael T. Vail has been named president and COO of the chain, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Vail replaces Shelley Broader, the company’s former president and CEO, who left the Sweetbay earlier this month to take a leadership role at the arts and crafts chain Michaels.
Vail previously served as VP of merchandising for Kash n’ Karry. There, he provided leadership for the evolution to Hannaford supply chain systems. He later assumed responsibilities of senior VP of retail operations.
President, CEO Leaves FreshDirect
New York City FreshDirect CEO and president Steve Michaelson has left the company. Previous to his post at FreshDirect, Michaelson served as senior VP of marketing and merchandising at Weis supermarkets. He has also served as the marketing VP at Wegman’s.
A spokeswoman at FreshDirect told Chain Store Age that an interim president and CEO has not been named.
Kmart Marketing Officer to Depart Sears
Hoffman Estates, Ill. Bill Stewart, a senior VP and chief marketing officer of Kmart, is leaving parent Sears Holdings Corp. to work on a campaign to protect gay marriage in California, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Stewart joined the company in April 2006. He was previously VP of marketing for the Levi’s Dockers casual-clothing brand for five years. Stewart said he plans to be a full-time volunteer for Equality for All, a group waging a campaign to defeat a measure appearing on ballots in November to ban gay marriage in California.