A local grocery chain created a new position to advance the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion and hired a veteran human resources leader to fill the role.
Byron Center-based SpartanNash said it hired Shaquanda Gordon as vice president of human resources, talent and diversity, effective Sept. 8.
Gordon will build on the company’s efforts to ensure a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce by driving the overall human capital strategy for the organization. She will lead the HR, talent and diversity and inclusion teams responsible for developing and executing upon diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, and talent development strategies for SpartanNash’s family of more than 19,000 U.S. associates.
She will report to Yvonne Trupiano, EVP and chief human resources and corporate affairs and communications officer.
“With over 15 years of HR functional and leadership experience in distribution and retail environments, Shaquanda has the HR experience and executive leadership needed to advance SpartanNash’s internal and external diversity and inclusion initiatives and to drive overall associate engagement as we continue to make SpartanNash a leading distributor of grocery products to a diverse group of independent and chain retailers, its corporate-owned retail stores and U.S. military commissaries and exchanges,” Trupiano said.
“The combination of the oversight for talent acquisition and development and diversity and inclusion will ensure our commitment to diversity and inclusion is present in all people decisions.”
Prior to joining SpartanNash, Gordon served as Gordon Food Services’ vice president, North American human resources. She also has served in progressive HR leadership roles at Perrigo, Meijer and Priority Health.
In addition, she spent more than 10 years as an adjunct instructor for Davenport University.
Gordon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in HR management from Western Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration degree in HR management from Davenport University. She also is a certified diversity executive, professional in human resources and Society for Human Resources Management certified professional.
She serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Resource Center in Grand Rapids.