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• United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) said last week that its COO, Sean Griffin, will become CEO of Supervalu when its $2.9 billion acquisition of the company is finalized later this year.

In a conference call with analysts, UNFI chairman/CEO Steve Spinner said that Griffin “has more than 30 years of industry experience and, with him at the helm, we have a high degree of confidence that we'll be able to capitalize on the synergy opportunities and realize the full potential of this transformative combination.”

Griffin succeeds Supervalu’s president/COO Mark Gross, who will step down upon completion of the deal.
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