By Peyton Bigora
Source: Grocery Dive

  • Stater Bros. Markets’ Phil Smith will be retiring as chairman of the board, effective immediately, after holding the position for six years, according to a Wednesday press release. Smith will remain on the board of directors.
  • Along with this change, the Southern California grocer’s CEO, Pete Van Helden, has been appointed chairman while Sean Varner, managing partner of Varner & Brandt LLP, will be taking over as vice chairman.
  • Stater Bros. has seen a number of executive changes over the last few months including appointing a new chief marketing officer and chief operating officer.

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