Board members rate among ‘most-influential black corporate directors’


Yvonne Jackson. Courtesy SpartanNash

Two board members for a local company are considered to be among the "most-influential black corporate directors."

SpartanNash board members Hawthorne “Peet” Proctor and Yvonne Jackson were both named to Savoy Magazine’s "Power 300: 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors."

Both Hawthorne and Jackson have served on the board since it was created with the merger of Spartan Stores and NashFinch in 2013.

Board members are crucial to the success of Grand Rapid-based SpartanNash, the company’s President and CEO Dennis Eidson said.

"Each director’s unique background and talents expand our perspective and foster our innovation,” Eidson said. “Yvonne and Peet’s inclusion on this elite list certainly makes that point.”


Prior to the company’s formation, Jackson served on the Spartan Stores board since 2010.

She is president of the human resources consulting firm BeecherJackson, a company she co-founded in 2016.

SpartanNash said her 30 years of HR experience help the company during discussions on succession planning, compensation, benefits, management and diversity.

Jackson has also held positions with Pfizer, Compaq Computer Co. and Burger King.


Proctor served on the Nash Finch board since 2007, prior to the merger.

He is the managing partner of Proctor & Boone, a consultant with Intelligent Decisions and CEO of ProMar.

Proctor served for 35 years in the U.S. Army, including as the 46th quartermaster general.

SpartanNash is the leading distributor to U.S. commissaries and exchanges in the world.

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