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Supervalu said Friday that Janel Haugarth, a three-decade veteran of the company who has been executive vice president, president and chief operating officer of the company’s Supply Chain Services organization, has been named executive vice president, merchandising and logistics.

Steve Jungmann, who joined Supervalu as executive vice president, merchandising, in a year ago, reportedly will leave the company effective immediately. Jungmann had been tapped to replace Duncan Mac Naughton, who left Supervalu to join Walmart.

In his memo to the company, Supervalu CEO Craig Herkert wrote:

“With the creation of this new role on my executive team, we are able to consolidate the leadership of all of the company’s merchandising activities – with the exception of Save-A-Lot – under a single leader. She will have responsibility for all merchandising activities across the company’s traditional retail and independent retail businesses. She will also continue to oversee all of the company’s supply chain and logistics operations ... I believe that Janel’s new role truly signifies the kinds of synergies we can create in our business to better leverage our scale and act as one company in our relationships with the vendor community. We will have greater abilities in securing lower costs of goods, ensuring we meet customers’ needs with the right products at the right time and at the right price.”
KC's View:
Supervalu certainly is moving a lot of pieces around the board these days, shuffling top execs and closing stores around the country that have been deemed unproductive.

In the end, it all comes down to whether Supervalu will operates better, more effective and efficient stores, and provide better, more effective and efficient service to its retail customers.