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SpartanNash names COO

March 6, 2015
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SpartanNash names COO
Dave Staples. Courtesy SpartanNash

An executive with a finance background is the new chief operating officer at SpartanNash.

SpartanNash in Grand Rapids said this week that it has promoted EVP and CFO Dave Staples to the role.

The appointment was effective on March 1.

Staples will remain CFO until a successor is found.

COO role

Staples will oversee all three operating segments of the company: retail, wholesale and military distribution.

Dennis Eidson, SpartanNash president and CEO, said Staples’ appointment will enable him to “focus more of his time on the company's long-term strategic plans and potential growth opportunities.”

"This appointment is part of our robust three-year integration plan," Eidson said. "The size and scope of SpartanNash today demands a dedicated COO. We are pleased to have had such an exceptional internal candidate."

Finance background

Eidson noted that as CFO, Staples helped guide the company from $1.98 billion in sales in 2003 to $7.9 billion in sales in 2014.

He also said Staples’ leadership “was critical to our game-changing merger of Spartan Stores and The Nash Finch Company.”

The merger took place in November 2013.

As a member of the executive team, Staples helped define the company’s strategic direction, drive its “customer-centric business model and cultivate strong customer relationships."

Staples joined SpartanNash in January 2000, and has served as the company’s EVP and CFO since November of that year.

Staples directed finance, real estate, the treasurer's department, internal audit, risk management and information technology.

Prior to joining SpartanNash, Staples held positions with Kmart and Arthur Andersen.

He is a certified public accountant.

Staples serves on the board of directors of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Rapids Symphony.

He holds a B.S. in accounting from Michigan State University.

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