Dennis Eidson has served on the SpartanNash Board of Directors since 2007 and as Chairman of the Board since June 2016.
In August of 2019, the SpartanNash Board of Directors appointed Eidson to the additional roles of Interim President and CEO until Tony Sarsam was selected as CEO in September 2020. He previously served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer from October 2008-May 2017, utilizing his more than 40 years of executive experience in the grocery retail and distribution industry. Eidson also served as SpartanNash’s President (2007-2016), Chief Operating Officer (2007-08) and Executive Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising (2003-07).
Prior to joining SpartanNash, Eidson served as the Divisional President and Chief Executive Officer of A&P’s Midwest Region (2000-02), Executive Vice President of Sales and Merchandising of A&P’s Midwest Region (2000) and Vice President of Merchandising for A&P’s Farmer Jack division (1997-2000).
Tony Sarsam was named President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2020.
Tony has three decades of leadership experience in the food industry and has a deep understanding of every facet of the consumer-packaged goods and food distribution business.
Previously, Tony led Borden Dairy as CEO where he focused on developing a people-first culture and a renewed commitment to innovation and service. Before joining Borden, Tony served as CEO of Ready Pac Foods.
Prior to leading Ready Pac, Tony was President of the Nestlé USA Direct Store Delivery Company, which served the Nestlé frozen pizza and ice cream businesses. He also served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Operations at Dreyer’s, which was acquired by Nestlé. Tony began his career at PepsiCo, where he started as an associate engineer and progressed through a series of leadership roles, including Plant Manager, Director of Finance and Region Vice President for Sales and Distribution in the West.
Tony holds a Bachelor of Science, Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University and a Master of Science in Management from Stanford.
M. Shân Atkins
M. Shân Atkins is an independent business executive with extensive experience in finance, private investment and retail strategy.
She is a director of Darden Restaurants, Inc., an owner and operator of full service restaurants, where she serves on the Audit and Nominating/Governance Committees; Aurora Cannabis, a leading Canadian integrated cannabis producer, where she chairs the Audit Committee; and LSC Communications, where she serves on the Human Resources and Corporate Responsibility/Governance Committees.
Atkins was previously a director of SunOpta, Inc., a manufacturer of natural and organic beverages and snacks, until 2019; The Pep Boys — Manny, Moe and Jack, until 2015; Tim Hortons, Inc. until 2014; and Shoppers Drug Mart until 2012. She also serves as chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee at True Value Company, a retailer-owned hardware cooperative.
Atkins previously served as a partner in the global consumer and retail practice at Bain & Company, an executive with Sears Roebuck & Company and an accountant with Price Waterhouse. She is a certified public accountant.
Dr. Frank M. Gambino
Dr. Frank M. Gambino has been a director of SpartanNash since 2003.
Gambino is a Professor of Marketing and the Director of the Food & Consumer Package Goods Marketing Program at Western Michigan University. He is the immediate past Chair of the Food Industry University Coalition for the National Grocers Association and a member of the Higher Education Council for the Category Management Association.
Prior to joining WMU, Gambino spent more than 15 years in the retail food industry, and he remains active within the food and consumer packaged goods industries at both the national and regional level. Currently, he serves on the Retail Site Development Committee for Wakefern Food Corporation, a grocery retailer cooperative.
Douglas A. Hacker
Douglas A. Hacker has been a Director of SpartanNash since November 2013 and was a director of Nash Finch from 2005 until the merger. He is currently an independent business executive and formerly served as Executive Vice President, Strategy for UAL Corporation, an airline holding company, from December 2002 to May 2006.
Prior to that position, he served with UAL Corporation as President, UAL Loyalty Services from September 2001 to December 2002, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from July 1999 to September 2001.
Hacker also serves as a director and member of the Compensation Committee of Aircastle Limited, a commercial aircraft leasing company. He served as a director of Travelport Worldwide Limited from 2016 to 2019 and served as a director of SeaCube Container Leasing Ltd from 2010 until 2014.
Hacker serves as a director or trustee of a series of open-end investment companies that are part of the Columbia family of mutual funds.
Yvonne R. Jackson
Yvonne R. Jackson has been a director of SpartanNash since her appointment to the Board in October 2010. She is President and Principal of BeecherJackson, Inc., a human resources management consulting firm that she co-founded in 2006.
From 2002 to 2005, Jackson served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Human Resources of Pfizer, Inc. From 2006 to 2012, she served as a director of Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., a regional grocery retailer, including service as chairperson of Winn Dixie’s Compensation Committee.
Jackson is a former director and member of the Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees of Best Buy Co., Inc. She has more than 30 years of experience in human resources, including experience as the most senior human resources executive.
Matthew Mannelly has been a director of SpartanNash since February 2018. He is the retired CEO of Prestige Brands, Inc., a distributor of healthcare and household cleaning products, a position he held from 2009 to 2015. He also served on the board of directors of Prestige Brands.
Before that, Mannelly was the CEO of Cannondale Bicycle Corporation from 2003 to 2008 and also served as a director of Performance Sports Group from 2015 to 2017. He also served as President, Americas for Paxar Corporation, Chief Marketing Officer for the United States Olympic Committee, and Global Director, Retail Development for NIKE, Inc.
Mannelly is a member of the board of directors of Collier Creek, LLC.
Elizabeth A. Nickels
Elizabeth A. Nickels has been a director of SpartanNash since 2000. She is an accomplished senior executive and board member with extensive leadership experience in both emerging and mature business segments.
Nickels served as Executive Director of Herman Miller Foundation from 2012 to 2014. From February 2000 to May 2012, she served as an executive at Herman Miller, Inc., an office furniture manufacturing company. Nickels served as Chief Financial Officer of Herman Miller from February 2000 to August 2007 and President of Herman Miller Healthcare from 2007 to 2012.
Since October 2015, Nickels has served as a director of Principal Funds, a leading provider of mutual funds. she served as a director of PetSmart, Inc. from November 2013 to March 2015 and was a director for Charlotte Russe, a clothing retailer, from November 2013 to April 2016, in addition to serving on the board of several privately held companies.
Nickels has practiced as a certified public accountant and maintains her registration as a C.P.A.
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Hawthorne L. Proctor
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Hawthorne L. “Peet” Proctor has been a director of the Company since the merger and served as a director of Nash Finch since 2007.
Proctor currently serves as Managing Partner of Proctor & Boone LLC Consulting and Senior Logistics Consultant in the Department of Defense Business Group of Intelligent Decisions, Inc., where he has worked since 2006.
Proctor served for nearly 35 years in the United States Army, where he performed with distinction in numerous senior logistics management roles, including Commander, Defense Personnel Support Center and later Commander, Defense Supply Center, Philadelphia, 46th Quartermaster General of the United States Army, and J3, or Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Defense Logistics Agency.
William R. Voss
William R. Voss has served as a director of the Company since the merger. From 2006 until the merger, he was the Chairman of the Nash Finch Board of Directors.
Voss has served for more than 10 years as Managing Director of Lake Pacific Partners, LLC, a private equity investment firm specializing in consumer products and services.
He previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Natural Nutrition Group, Inc., a food processor; as Chief Executive Officer of McCain Foods, Inc.; and as President and a Director of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation.