SpartanNash names president of Wholesale and Distribution Operations


Derek Jones. Courtesy SpartanNash

SpartanNash has promoted an EVP to a key position at the company.

SpartanNash in Grand Rapids said last week that it has named Derek Jones its president of Wholesale and Distribution Operations.

Jones began his new role on March 1.

In his new position, Jones will oversee the entire supply chain, including military supply chain operations.

Jones will report to Dave Staples, who was also just promoted from EVP and CFO to the company’s COO.

Distribution background

Dennis Eidson, president and CEO of SpartanNash, noted that Jones' extensive experience and expertise in food distribution will result in increased efficiencies and a “one-way” operation with his leadership.

As EVP of Food Distribution, Jones “cultivated and strengthened” relationships with the company's independent customers, operating 2,100 locations.

He has also successfully driven growth as a value-added distributor, while directing the operations of SpartanNash's Wholesale and Supply Chain Operations, including warehousing, transportation, new business development, replenishment and customer service.

Jones joined the company in 2006 from Unisource Worldwide, where he served as VP of Distribution for the company's eastern region, covering 35 states, 48 distributions centers and $3 billion in annual delivery sales.

Jones has also held senior operations management positions with Office Depot, Walgreen's and Walmart.

He holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

He currently serves on the board of directors of National Grocers Association, and he recently wrapped up three years of service as a member of the Heart of West Michigan United Way board of directors.

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