Senior Vice President, Communications and Executive Director, SpartanNash Foundation
President and Chief Executive Officer
As President and CEO of Fortune 400 grocery retailer and distributor SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN), Tony Sarsam leads 19,000 associates serving customers in all 50 states as well as U.S. military troops overseas. Tony joined SpartanNash in 2020 and has since focused on building a strong People First culture as the company renews its commitment to growth, operational excellence, customer service and innovation.
With more than three decades of experience in the food industry, Tony has come to understand every side of the consumer-packaged goods business – from the plant floor to the C-suite. Before joining SpartanNash, Tony served as CEO of Borden Dairy Company and Ready Pac Foods. At Borden, he led the company through a major corporate restructuring and subsequent sale that preserved employment for all frontline Associates. His leadership at Ready Pac helped the company grow by more than 60% and establish a dominant 80% share of the complete meal salad category. Tony’s success at Ready Pac attracted great interest and culminated in the sale of the business to Bonduelle in 2017.
Prior to leading Ready Pac, Tony was President of the Nestlé USA Direct Store Delivery Company, which serves Nestlé frozen pizza and ice cream businesses and is the world’s largest frozen DSD sales organization. He has 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. He resides in Grand Rapids, Mich. with his wife and children.
Senior Vice President, Communications and Executive Director, SpartanNash Foundation
Adrienne Chance was named Senior Vice President, Communications and Executive Director, SpartanNash Foundation in March 2022, leading the vision, strategy and implementation of SpartanNash’s approach to purpose-driven internal and external communications. She joined the company in April 2021 as Vice President, Communications, overseeing internal and external communications and charitable giving.
Before joining SpartanNash, Adrienne served as Senior Director of Corporate Communications for Borden Dairy Company. She also established the communications department and led internal and external communications across all five global divisions of Topgolf Entertainment Group. In 2017, Adrienne earned PR News’ Top Woman in PR Award for positioning Topgolf as a globally recognized lifestyle brand. Earlier in her career, Adrienne led B2B marketing communications and public relations for healthcare IT company T-System, Inc. and worked on the customer advocacy team at Southwest Airlines.
Adrienne earned a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations from the University of Florida and completed leadership training through the Disney Institute.
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Arif Dar has served as SpartanNash’s Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer since January 2019, responsible for the development and execution of the company’s IT strategy, ensuring alignment with the SpartanNash’s overall business strategy, and providing strategic direction and oversight for the design, development, operation and support of IT systems and programs.
Previously, Arif was the CIO for SC Johnson and Sons, a privately-held global manufacturer of household cleaning supplies and consumer goods. He has also held executive IT positions at Maple Leaf Foods, Bombardier Transportation, General Motors, Tyco International and General Electric.
Arif received his Master of Business Administration degree in MIS and Operations from the University of Western Ontario (Canada); his Master of Science degree in Communication Systems and Radio Engineering from King’s College, University of London (U.K.); and his Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics & Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering & Technology (Pakistan).
He has his black belt in Six Sigma Quality Training.
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Ileana McAlary has served as SVP, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary since November 2021, overseeing the company’s legal function.
Bilingual in English and Spanish, Ileana has broad-based corporate, transactional, regulatory compliance, risk mitigation and management experience across multiple industries and international markets. She was previously the Vice President Associate General Counsel & Compliance Officer at Wolverine World Wide. Prior to Wolverine World Wide, she held roles at Meijer, Amway Corporation and at the Miller Johnson law firm.
Ileana earned her undergraduate degree at Grand Valley State University, attended law school at the University of Havana in Cuba, and earned her law degree at Wayne State University. She has been a Member of the State Bar of Michigan since 2003.
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Amy McClellan has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer since January 2022, overseeing retail and distribution marketing, including the digital, pricing and OwnBrands strategies.
Amy joined SpartanNash in 2019 when the Company acquired Martin’s Super Markets. Her passion for the grocery industry was sparked in high school when she was hired as a part-time cashier. During her 20 years with Martin’s, Amy held various roles with increasing responsibility, including Communications Specialist, Market Research Supervisor, Loyalty and Marketing Programs Manager, Director of Marketing, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and SVP of Retail Operations and Merchandising.
She played a critical role in the SpartanNash acquisition of Martin’s, leading to her appointment as Division Vice President, Retail for SpartanNash. In March 2021, Amy was promoted to Vice President, Fresh Merchandising, overseeing the fresh product categories across 145 company-owned stores and 2,100 independent retail customers.
She serves on the SpartanNash Foundation Board of Trustees, the Greater South Bend (Ind.) Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Ohio-based Buehler’s Fresh Foods Board of Directors. She is a two-time Top Women in Grocery Honoree (2018, 2020) and was recognized in 2019 as a “NextGen” 40 under 40 award winner by Progressive Grocer.
Amy earned her undergraduate degree in business marketing and advertising as well as her Master of Business Administration from Indiana University. In addition, she completed an executive certification program in strategic marketing management at the University of Chicago.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Jason Monaco has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since March 2021, overseeing finance, mergers and acquisitions, treasury, internal audit, real estate and risk management for the company.
Prior to joining SpartanNash, Jason served as the CFO for New Orleans, La.-based Cornerstone Chemical Company. His extensive background also includes having served as CFO of Borden Dairy (2018-2020) as well as increasing executive leadership positions over 16 years with Kimberly-Clark.
He holds an MBA from The Goizueta Business School at Emory University and his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Knox College.
Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer
Bennett Morgan joined SpartanNash as Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer in January 2022, overseeing fresh, center store and pharmacy merchandising.
He joined SpartanNash from Amazon, where he helped launch its fast-growing grocery business, including opening physical stores across the country. He most recently served as Amazon Fresh Category Leader overseeing produce and protein products and having previously managed center store products as well.
Prior to Amazon, Bennett served as Vice President, Merchandising for Walmart China and Japan, managing all non-buying portions of the merchandising organization. His key focus areas included cost negotiations and advanced data-led capabilities in assortment, pricing and promotions. Bennett also spent several years of his career at H-E-B leading store operations, supply chain manufacturing and merchandising, and at the Boston Consulting Group and Citibank.
He earned his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Business Administration from Dartmouth College.
Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer
Dave Petko was named Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer in March 2022, overseeing all aspects of SpartanNash’s supply chain, which serves company-owned stores, independent retailers and national accounts throughout the United States, as well as U.S. military commissaries around the world. He joined the company in April 2021 as Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, driving efficiencies and cost savings throughout supply chain and distribution operations, in addition to growing SpartanNash’s network and strengthening relationships with suppliers.
Dave previously served as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for C&S Wholesale Grocers, driving operational efficiencies, safety, associate engagement, customer focus and innovative problem solving throughout the supply chain. During his 11-year tenure with C&W Wholesale Grocers, he also served as Regional Vice President of Operations (2014-2019), Senior Director ES3/D2S (2013-2014), Director of Operations (2012-2013) and General Manager of two facilities (2009-2012). Dave has 25 years of supply chain and distribution logistics experience in addition to a proven track record of transformational leadership and improved customer and associate satisfaction.
Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
David Sisk was named Chief Customer Officer in March 2022, overseeing SpartanNash’s Military division and driving the success and growth of relationships with national account and independent retailer customers. He joined the company as Senior Vice President and President, MDV in February 2020, overseeing the company’s Military division – which is a leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries – as well as driving the success and growth of the Defense Commissary Agency’s private label product offerings, which are primarily distributed by SpartanNash.
Prior to joining the company, David served as President and Chief Operating Officer for OSC-WEBco, where he oversaw worldwide strategic plans, profit and loss accountability, personnel and global operations across all military divisions and more than 100 retail categories. He also held increasing responsibilities throughout his 30-year career with Procter & Gamble, including Customer Business Development Manager for the Global Military Division as well as leading U.S. and global shopper-based design and conceptual platform innovation.
David is a board member for the non-profit organization Honor and Remember. He previously served as Chair of the American Logistics Association (ALA) Board of Directors and is a recipient of the ALA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Corporate Retail
Tom Swanson was named Executive Vice President and General Manger, Corporate Retail in March 2020, leading the corporate retail business unit for all corporate retail banners and Quick Stop fuel and convenience centers. He previously served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Corporate Retail (2018-2020), overseeing the overall strategy for the company’s more than 145 corporate stores in nine states to maximize SpartanNash’s expertise as a retailer and build greater connectivity with distribution customers. He also led the transition and integration of more than 20 Martin’s Super Markets into the SpartanNash family of stores.
Tom has more than 30 years of executive experience in grocery retail, including six years (2012-2018) as Vice President of SpartanNash’s Retail-West operations.
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Masiar Tayebi was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer in April 2021. He has more than 20 years of experience connecting strategy, technology, innovation and execution to drive growth and transformational change.
Previously, Masiar served as Global Head of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Whirlpool Corporation, responsible for acquisitions including Yummly, a leading digital food platform offering online grocery delivery. After acquiring Yummly in 2017, Masiar served as Chief Operating Officer at Yummly, executing Whirlpool’s innovation growth strategy.
Prior to leadership roles at Whirlpool, Masiar was an Executive Director at UBS focusing on strategy, M&A, technology and transformational change. He also worked with various Fortune 500 clients on strategic initiatives during his time in management consulting.
Masiar holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Bentley University.