SpartanNash appoints board chair

Douglas Hacker Courtesy SpartaNash

SpartanNash selected Douglas Hacker as chair of its board of directors.

Byron Center-based SpartanNash Company (Nasdaq: SPTN) on Tuesday announced it appointed Hacker to the role. The announcement follows SpartanNash’s appointments of three new executive officers, six vice presidents and 11 directors in 2021, as well as the addition of Tony Sarsam as president and CEO in September 2020.

“This is an exciting, transformational phase for SpartanNash, as the company has recently welcomed several new leaders and launched key initiatives for growth and operational excellence,” Hacker said. “I am privileged to continue serving on the board and look forward to celebrating the team’s future successes.”

Hacker was officially voted in as chairman after the company’s 2021 annual shareholder meeting on May 26. He previously served as a director of Nash Finch since 2005, prior to its merger with Spartan Stores in 2013. He has acted as SpartanNash’s lead independent director since May 2018, and his appointment as chair follows Dennis Eidson’s retirement as the former chair.

As an independent business executive, Hacker serves as co-chair of the Columbia Funds Board, a mutual fund complex with more than $300 billion in assets. In addition, Hacker is a director and chair of the audit and investment committees for Aircastle Limited, a commercial aircraft leasing company.

Hacker formerly was the executive vice president of strategy for UAL Corporation, an airline holding company, from 2002-06. Prior to that position, he served with UAL Corporation as president of loyalty services from 2001-02 and as executive vice president and CFO from 1999-2001. He also previously served as a director for Travelport Worldwide Limited from 2016-19 and SeaCube Container Leasing Ltd from 2010-14.

“With Doug’s involvement in SpartanNash dating back 16 years, he brings an incredible depth of knowledge about our business,” Sarsam said. “He shares a people-first vision for our future, and I appreciate the opportunity to work with him to advance our industry leadership.”

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