US retailer Supervalu Inc is shuffling the management line-up of its Acme, Albertsons Southern California and Cub units.

The changes have been prompted by the exit of Sue Klug, president of Supervalu’s Albertsons division in southern California, who will leave the company this month.

Dan Sanders, president of Supervalu’s Acme Markets division, will replace Klug. 

Sanders joined Acme in 2010 and led the division as it looked to lower prices, improve sales and profitability and refocus customer service efforts. Supervalu said that, although there is “work left to do”, Sanders leaves Acme with a “firmer foundation”. 

Taking up the baton at Acme is Keith Wyche, who serves as president of Supervalu’s Cub Foods division. Wyche has improved sales trends and grown profitability at Cub since joining the company in 2010, Supervalu said. 

Brian Audette will replace Wynche at Cub Foods. Audette has worked at Supervalu since 1991, holding positions of increasing responsibility. Last year, he was promoted to group vice president of merchandising transformation and process improvement. 

Commenting on the leadership moves, Supervalu executive vice president of retail operations Pete van Helden said yesterday (16 April): “Dan, Keith and Brian embody the entrepreneurial spirit that is at the core of our hyper local strategy. Coupled with their combined experience in the industry and their working knowledge of Supervalu’s strategy and operations, I believe they are ideally suited for their new responsibilities.” 

Last week, Supervalu reported a fall in sales, gross profit and underlying net earnings for the year to 25 Ferbuary. Click here for our In the spotlight column on the challenges ahead for the US retailer.