A couple of new leaders are stepping in to take their place as the newest members of The Fresh Market’s Board of Directors. Heather Berger and Sue Gove were recently tapped by the retailer to join its Board, a decision made as a result of one open position, due to the resignation of Itai Wallach on December 14 after three years of service, and a move by the Board to increase its size from six to seven leaders.
According to a press release, Gove will serve as an Independent Director and comes to The Fresh Market with experience as an International Retail Senior Executive having held roles such as CEO, COO, and CFO.
Currently, Berger serves as Lead Product Specialist for Apollo Global Management and has worked with the company since 2008, having held several other roles. Prior to that, she worked in the Private Fund Group at Credit Suisse Securities (USA). Berger also worked with Capital Z Financial Service Partners, and its affiliate, where she focused on investor relationships and fundraising.
Gove currently serves as President of Excelsior Advisors, which she helped found in 2014. Prior to her current position, she served as Senior Advisor to Alvarez & Marsal.
Over the years, Gove has held several senior-level positions with national retailers and consulting firms across the retail sector, and currently serves on the boards of Bed Bath & Beyond, IAA, and Conn’s.
“Sue brings significant experience in leading successful turnarounds in multiple retail organizations and will provide thoughtful guidance to our Board of Directors through her Audit and Governance experience. I am looking forward to her joining our team and lending her expertise and counsel to further our growth and future success,” said Jason Potter, President and CEO.
Chairman Andy Jhawar also expressed his sentiments on Heather’s appointment and his gratitude toward Itai and his dedication to the company.
“We are very appreciative of Itai’s service and guidance on the Board for the last three years. Heather will be a great addition to the Board and will lend her general management and marketing expertise in helping position our company for growth in the future,” said Jhawar.
Congratulations to Heather Berger and Sue Gove on their next chapter!