US food distribution group Nash Finch Company has announced the appointment of Alec C. Covington as its new president and chief executive officer. Covington is also to join Nash Finch board of directors.
Formerly president and CEO of Tree of Life and a member of the executive board of Tree of Life’s parent company, Dutch food conglomerate Royal Wessanen, Covington has almost 30 years of experience in food retailing and wholesaling.

“After a thorough search, we strongly believe Alec is the ideal candidate to lead Nash Finch,” said Nash Finch chairman Allister P. Graham. “He is an industry veteran with tremendous depth and breadth of experience and an exceptional track record of driving growth at a variety of food retailers and wholesalers. I look forward to working with him as we continue to strengthen our competitive position in the industry and build a bright future for the company.”

Covington added: “Nash Finch is a solid business with a powerful legacy of over 100 years of high quality service and industry leadership. I look forward to building on Nash Finch’s rich tradition, as we work together to strengthen operations, continue to meet our customers’ needs and deliver value to shareholders over the long term.”