Senior Vice President, Communications and Executive Director, SpartanNash Foundation
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO of Fortune 400 grocery retailer and distributor SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN), Tony Sarsam leads 17,500 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 sits on the Board of Directors for Mission Produce and holds board positions at three non-profit organizations including the Food Marketing Institute, Arizona State University Foundation and Business Leaders for Michigan.
He holds a Bachelor of Science, Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University and a Master of Science in Management from Stanford. Tony 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. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Michigan Great Lakes.
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Ileana McAlary was named Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary in March 2023, overseeing the company’s legal, government affairs, compliance and aviation functions. She joined the company in November 2021 and also serves as Corporate Secretary of the SpartanNash Board of Directors and President of the SpartanNash Foundation.
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 Worldwide. Prior to Wolverine Worldwide, 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 and serves on the Board of Trustees for Davenport University.
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 insights and analytics, digital and eCommerce marketing, creative services, 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 144 corporate stores in nine states 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, 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 Company (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.
Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer
Bennett Morgan was named Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer in September 2023, leading fresh, center store and pharmacy merchandising, category management, pricing, promotions, and master data management.
He joined SpartanNash as Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer in January 2022, having come from Amazon, where he helped launch its fast-growing, omnichannel grocery business, including opening its first physical grocery stores across the country. He served as Amazon Fresh Category Leader overseeing fresh and center store merchandising in different capacities over time.
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 lean store operations, supply chain, manufacturing and merchandising efforts. Prior to H-E-B, he worked at 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-operated 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.
Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
David Sisk was named Chief Customer Officer in March 2022, overseeing SpartanNash Military and driving the continued growth of partnerships with national accounts, independent and chain grocers, and eCommerce retailers. He was named Executive Vice President in April 2023, responsible for field merchandising, sales operations, customer service and value-added services to help SpartanNash customers succeed in the channel and communities they serve.
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 and exchanges worldwide.
Prior to SpartanNash, 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 career as a Procter & Gamble executive, leading the Global Military Division, U.S. and global shopper-based design and conceptual platform innovation across all Proctor & Gamble global regions.
David is a board member of Honor and Remember, a non-profit organization whose mission is to recognize fallen American service members and their families. 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, Corporate Retail
Tom Swanson was named Executive Vice President, 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 144 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 and Information Officer
Masiar Tayebi was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer in April 2021. He began serving a dual role as Chief Strategy and Information Officer in September 2022. With more than 20 years of experience, Masiar connects strategy, mergers and acquisitions, innovation and technology to drive growth and transformational change at SpartanNash.
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 and tripling users to 23 million.
Prior to leadership roles at Whirlpool, Masiar was an Executive Director, Chief Technology Officer and Global Head of Change Management at UBS Asset Management, where he focused 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 a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Bentley University. He was named one of the University of Chicago Booth’s Top 15 Alumni in Tech.
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Nicole Zube joined SpartanNash in September 2022 as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. She oversees the HR function, including SpartanNash’s People First approach to attracting, developing and retaining diverse talent.
Prior to SpartanNash, Nicole was Head of HR for Kellogg Company’s U.S. Commercial organization across all product categories. During her 10 years at Kellogg, Nicole served in a steady progression of senior leadership roles across North America and Europe that focused on talent, culture, organizational design and business transformation. Prior to Kellogg, Nicole spent eight years in various talent acquisition and HR generalist roles at Procter & Gamble, where she supported multiple acquisitions and divestitures.
Nicole earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University, where she played collegiate volleyball, and her MBA from Xavier University. She has been recognized as a 2016 Top Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer, a 2020 and 2021 Top 10 Global Diversity HR Champion by the Global Diversity List, and the 2021 LEAD Ambassador of the Year by LEAD Network Europe.