Dennis Eidson was named the company’s Chief Executive Officer in October 2008, utilizing his more than 20 years of executive experience in the grocery retail and distribution industry. He has served on the SpartanNash Board of Directors since 2007 and was elected Chairman at the company’s annual shareholders meeting in June 2016.
Previously, Eidson served as the company’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).
M. Shân Atkins
M. Shân Atkins has served on Spartan Stores Board since 2003. Since 2001, Ms. Atkins has been Managing Director of Chetrum Capital LLC, a private investment firm. Ms. Atkins is a director and chair of the Compensation Committee of The Pep Boys—Manny, Moe and Jack, an auto parts and service retailer whose common stock is listed on the NYSE. Ms. Atkins is a director and member of the Human Resource and Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of Tim Hortons, Inc., Canada’s leading quick service restaurant chain whose stock is traded on the NYSE. Ms. Atkins served as a director of Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation, a retail drug store chain whose stock is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange, from 2005 to 2012, including service as chair of the Audit Committee from 2011 to 2012. Ms. Atkins serves as a director and chair of the Audit Committee of True Value Company, a retailer-owned hardware cooperative. From 1999 to 2001, Ms. Atkins served as a director and a member of the Audit Committee of Chapters, Inc., a book retailer whose stock was traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange prior to the company’s acquisition. From 1996 to 2001, Ms. Atkins served in a variety of executive positions with Sears, Roebuck and Co. (now known as Sears Holdings Corporation), a retailer whose common stock is listed on the NYSE, most recently as Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. From 1982 to 1996, she served in a variety of positions with Bain and Company, Inc., an international management consulting firm, where she specialized in the consumer and retail sectors, most recently serving as Vice President. Ms. Atkins was an auditor with Price Waterhouse in Toronto, Canada, from 1979 to 1981. She has been a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1981 and is a certified public accountant. Ms. Atkins’ qualifications to serve on the Board of Directors include her expertise in finance and accounting, her extensive experience as a director of other publicly traded corporations, and her experience in developing and executing strategic plans for major retail organizations.
Mickey P. Foret
Mr. Foret has served on the Nash Finch Board since 2005. Mr. Foret served until 2002 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Northwest Airlines, Inc., an airline company, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Airlines Cargo, Inc., a transportation and logistics company. Mr. Foret was employed in various management positions at Northwest Airlines from 1992 until 1996 as well as from 1998 until 2002. Mr. Foret previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Atlas Air Cargo, Inc. and as President and Chief Operating Officer, as well as in other management positions, at Continental Airlines, Inc. Mr. Foret has served as a director of Delta Air Lines, Inc. since October 2008, and as a director of the URS Corporation, an engineering design services firm since March 2003. Mr. Foret has previously served as a director for the following companies: NorAm Energy Corp.; MAIR Holdings, Inc.; ADC Telecommunications, Inc.; First American Funds; Champion Airlines, Inc.; Worldspan L.P.; and Northwest Airlines. The Company believes that Mr. Foret’s business experience, including his roles as Executive Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer for a Fortune 500 Company, as well as his extensive experience in financial and capital markets, give him the qualifications and skills to serve as a Director.
Dr. Frank M. Gambino
Dr. Frank M. Gambino is a Professor of Marketing and the Director of the Food & Consumer Packaged Goods Marketing Program at Western Michigan University. He is also the current 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
An independent business executive, Douglas A. Hacker also serves as a Director of Aircastle Limited and Travelport Worldwide Ltd. He has extensive experience in financial and operating management and executive compensation.
Hacker previously served as Executive Vice President of strategy for UAL Corporation, an airline holding company. He also held positions within the company as President of UAL Loyalty Services and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Yvonne R. Jackson
Yvonne R. Jackson is the President and Principal of BeecherJackson, Inc., a human resources management consulting firm she co-founded. She has more than 30 years of experience in human resources.
Jackson is a Board Member of Simmons College in Boston and serves as Chair Emeritus of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. She is a former Director for Best Buy Inc. and Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. and a former Advisory Council Member of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Jackson has served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Pfizer, Inc., Compaq Computer Company and Burger King Co.
Elizabeth A. Nickels
Elizabeth A. Nickels is an accomplished independent business executive and board member. She is also a Director for Principal Funds, a leading provider of mutual funds.
Nickels previously served as Executive Director of the Herman Miller Foundation, as well as Chief Financial Officer of Herman Miller, Inc. and President of the office furniture manufacturer’s Herman Miller Healthcare. Nickels also served as a Director of PetSmart, Inc.
Nickels is a certified public accountant.
Timothy J. O’Donovan
Timothy J. O’Donovan is a Director of Wolverine World Wide, Inc., having previously served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the footwear and apparel company.
O’Donovan has more than 25 years of experience as a public company executive.
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Hawthorne L. Proctor
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Hawthorne L. “Peet” Proctor currently serves as Managing Partner of Proctor & Boone LLC, a business consulting organization, and Senior Logistics Consultant in the Department of Defense Business Group of Intelligent Decisions, Inc. He is also Chief Executive Officer of ProMar, Inc., a small Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB) in Northern Virginia.
A 35-year U.S. Army veteran, Proctor served as 46th Quartermaster General – providing oversight for training, leader development, material requirements and force structure solutions for 126,000 service members assigned to units in the Active, Reserve and Guard components of the Army.
Prior to his retirement, Proctor also served as the J3, or Chief Operating Officer, of the Defense Logistics Agency during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
William R. Voss
William R. 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; CEO of McCain Foods, Inc.; and President and a Director of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation.