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Weis Markets Inc. said yesterday that David J. Hepfinger, its president/CEO since 2008, has left the company "to pursue other interests." Hepfinger also resigned from the company’s Board of Directors.

Company Vice Chairman Jonathan H. Weis replaces him as interim CEO, while a search is conducted.  Robert F. Weis remains as company Chairman.

Weis said in its announcement that "as part of the reorganization, Kurt Schertle, Executive Vice President, Sales and Merchandising will report directly to Mr. Weis who will also oversee the Company’s Real Estate/Store Development, Finance and Human Resources’ teams.  Until the reorganization is complete, Mr. Schertle will take on additional responsibilities, overseeing Store Operations and its operations support team."
KC's View:
The word I hear from various sources is that few tears are being shed at Weis over Hepfinger's departure. He was viewed as a command-and-control, dictatorial CEO who was responsible for morale that was in the crapper.

In fact, from what I hear, the one phrase that did not make the official press release was the one being uttered by a number of folks: "Don't let the door hit you in the rear end on the way out." (Or something to that effect.)