Van Helden to join Stater Bros. in June

Van Helden to join Stater Bros. in June

Former Supervalu Inc executive Peter Van Helden is to become president and COO at US regional retailer Stater Bros.

Van Helden, who left Supervalu last year, will take the roles in June, replacing Jim Lee, who is retiring.

Stater Bros. chairman and CEO Jack Brown called Van Helden "a well-respected and long-time food industry executive". He added: "I am confident that he will do an outstanding job as president and COO and will be valuable to the future growth of Stater Bros."

Van Helden spent over 30 years at Supervalu but left his last job at the retailer as executive vice president of retail operations last May.

At the time, Supervalu, which was looking to shake up its business after a challenging few years, said Van Helden's exit came "at the right time for both Supervalu and Van Helden, as the company continues to implement its business transformation strategy and as Van Helden moves on to opportunities that will better utilise his strengths".

In January, Supervalu agreed to sell five of its chains to a consortium led by private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management.

Privately-owned Stater Bros. has 167 stores in California.

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Peter Van Helden Appointed President And Chief Operating Officer Of Stater Bros. Markets

 

 

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Jack H. Brown, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Stater Bros. Markets, announced today that Peter Van Helden has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Stater Bros. Markets.  He succeeds Jim Lee, who is retiring as of June 1, 2013.

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Van Helden is a 36-year veteran of the Supermarket Industry.

Prior to joining Stater Bros., Van Helden was Executive Vice President Retail Operations for Supervalu. He began his career in 1977, working for Rosauers in Libby, Montana as a Courtesy Clerk.  In 1978, he relocated to Bozeman, Montana where he joined Albertsons as a Clerk.  Van Helden joined Supervalu through the company's 2006 acquisition of Albertsons, where he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Albertsons' California Food Division.  During his 35-year tenure at Albertsons, Van Helden held a variety of leadership positions including operations, merger integration and dual branding.  As President and Chief Executive Officer of Albertsons' California Food Division, he oversaw a business unit comprised of more than 500 stores and 41,000 associates.  Prior to this position and experience, he was President of the company's Jewel-Osco Division.

Van Helden holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Phoenix.

"Pete is a well respected and long-time Food Industry Executive," stated Brown.  "I am confident that he will do an outstanding job as President and Chief Operating Officer and will be valuable to the future growth of Stater Bros."

Van Helden and his family have purchased a home in the County of San Bernardino.

Stater Bros. is the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2012 of $3.9 billion.  The Company currently operates 167 Supermarkets, and there are nearly 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family. 

 

Original source: Stater Bros.