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Food distributor appoints division president

May 29, 2017
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Kathy Mahoney
Kathy Mahoney. Courtesy SpartanNash

A local food distributor has promoted one of its executives to the role of division president.

Byron Center-based SpartanNash said this month it named EVP and Chief Legal Officer Kathy Mahoney president of the company’s MDV military division based in Norfolk, Virginia, effective May 31.

SpartanNash said MDV is the “leading distributor” of grocery products to U.S. commissaries.

Mahoney will continue her responsibilities as SpartanNash EVP and CLO.

Mahoney joined the company in 2004 and was a member of the executive steering committee that oversaw the integration of Spartan Stores and Nash Finch Company in 2013.

Throughout her tenure with the company, she has worked closely with the MDV leadership team to expand the military platform, resulting in the worldwide network the company operates today with its strategic partner, Coastal Pacific Food Distributors.

She has also played a key role with MDV on “numerous projects” involving direct contact with leaders within the military re-sale system.

Dave Staples, SpartanNash president and CEO, said Mahoney’s “knowledge and experience” will be a “tremendous asset” to the MDV team.

“We are excited to be able to promote from within for this key leadership position,” Staples said.

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