Nash Finch Company (Nasdaq: NAFC), a Minneapolis-based food retailer and distributor, announced today that Robert B. Dimond, 39, has joined the company, effective immediately, as senior vice president and chief financial officer, with responsibility for all of NFC's finance functions. He reports to Ron Marshall, president and chief executive officer."We are very pleased to have a talented financial leader of Bob's caliber join NFC," said Marshall. "His leadership and experience will be instrumental in our continued growth and we look forward to capitalizing on his expertise."Prior to joining NFC, Dimond most recently served as group vice president and chief financial officer for the western region of Kroger, one of the nation's largest supermarket chains. Previously, he also held the position of group vice president, administration and controller, for Smith's Food & Drug Centers, Inc., a $3.3 billion regional supermarket chain in the western United States.Dimond's experience and responsibilities have encompassed a wide range of activities including accounting, tax, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, strategic analysis, and mergers and acquisitions. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Utah and is a CPA.Nash Finch Company is one of the largest food distribution companies in the country with $4.1 billion in annual sales. The company owns and operates a retail store base of 123 supermarkets, principally under the Econofoods, Sun Mart and Family Thrift Center trade names. Independent retailers and military commissaries in approximately 30 states are key customers of food and related products from Nash Finch. Further information is available on the company's Web site at