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Canada retailer Sobeys announced yesterday that Beth Newlands Campbell has joined the company as president of its Atlantic/Ontario business unit.

Newlands Campbell is the former president of Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and also was an executive at Delhaize-owned Hannaford Supermarkets in Maine.

In a prepared statement, Sobeys Inc. president/CEO Marc Poulin said, "Beth's diverse experience and proven record in organizational growth and strategic planning will support all aspects of our business in Atlantic Canada and Ontario. Her passion for food, customer service and serving her community positions her well to continue advancing our mission to help Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better."
KC's View:
I think this is a really smart move on Sobeys' part, since Beth is one of the smartest and most accomplished executives I've met in the food business.

She also, it should be noted, comes from the Ron Hodge school of retailing, which has brought us such executives as Shelley Broader (now CEO of Chico's), Meg Ham (president of Food Lion), Cathy Burns (COO of the Produce Marketing Association), Stephen Smith (CEO of LL Bean) and Steve Campbell (president/founder of the Pro-voke agency).

Beth is the kind of executive who won't be leading from some corporate tower. She'll be out in the stores, getting a feel for the company's employees, customers, and the communities it serves. Sobeys is a multi-faceted company that can use such a leader, and I'm looking forward to how she helps it evolve.