Retailer cooperative Wakefern Food announced late last week that a key senior executive is retiring while another has been named to lead Price Rite Marketplace, continuing a string of departures and promotions stretching back several months.
Brett Wing, Wakefern’s senior vice president, announced he will retire after seven years with the company and 45 years spent in the food industry. Wing joined Wakefern in 2015 as executive vice president of ShopRite and then became ShopRite’s president and chief operating officer, per his LinkedIn profile. He became senior vice president of retail operations for Wakefern in 2020.
Meanwhile, Kevin McDonnell will take over as president of Price Rite Marketplace after formerly serving as senior vice president of the chain, which has more than 60 stores in eight states across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. He will oversee all parts of the grocery banner, including retail store operations, real estate and sales operations, and report to Joseph Sheridan, Wakefern’s president and chief operating officer.
Wakefern also detailed several other promotions:
- Ryan Maloney has been promoted from director of retail operations to vice president of retail services and member initiatives. In the new role, he will lead merchandising and initiatives that support membership and store operations.
- Danny Perriello will take over Maloney’s former role as director of retail operations, where he will lead retail labor management and the company’s Retail Operations Shared Services program, among other areas.
- Michael Day will take over as group vice president of strategic planning, business development and member services. He will oversee retail operations, strategic initiatives, site development and real estate.
- Dan Tarnopol has been promoted to vice president of site development, real estate and member services, where he will support the cooperative and its members drive growth. He will report to Day.
The latest appointments come less than a month after Wakefern confirmed the exit of Executive Vice President Chris Lane and announced that Sheridan plans to retire next fall, according to Food Trade News. Lane had been with the cooperative since 2003, while Sheridan has worked there for 48 years.
In late January, Food Trade News reported that two key senior executives had left Wakefern, including former Vice President of Merchandising Parag Shah, while several new appointments, including heads of grocery, pharmacy and nonfoods were announced.