Supervalu Inc’s EVP for merchandising has left the firm after just a year in the role.

Steve Jungmann, who was appointed to the role in January last year, is to leave the firm with “immediate effect”, the company said today (7 January). No reason has been given for his departure.

He will be succeeded by Janel Haugarth, previously executive vice president and COO of the firm’s supply chain services organisation.

In her new role, Haugarth will be responsible for all merchandising activities across the company’s traditional retail and independent retail businesses. The move, Supervalu said, consolidates the leadership of all of the company’s merchandising activities, with the exception of Save-A-Lot, under the leadership of a single executive vice president.

Haugarth will continue to oversee all of the company’s supply chain and logistics operations, and will report directly to Craig Herkert, CEO and president of Supervalu.

“By consolidating responsibility of our merchandising activities under Janel’s leadership, we will accelerate progress on our company’s business transformation,” said Herkert. “This new structure will enable us to better leverage our scale with the supplier community and meet our customers’ needs with the right products at the right time and at the right price.”