It is always exciting to witness one tenured executive passing the torch to the next leader to take their place, and that is exactly what is going on under the Fresh Thyme Market roof. With an eye on continued growth, the grocer has appointed Liz Zolcak as its newest President, stepping in to succeed Gerald Melville, who recently announced his retirement.
“I am thrilled and humbled to take on this exciting new challenge and to be trusted to lead such an incredible team,” Zolcak said. “Gerald and I have been able to accomplish significant wins with the team during our time working together, and I’m looking forward to even more successes ahead.”
Zolcak takes the helm with vast experience as she harnesses her 17 years’ worth of retail leadership expertise. She first joined Fresh Thyme Market in 2020 as Vice President of Operations, where she oversaw the company’s 71 stores.
Additionally, Zolcak previously led both domestic and international operations with Kroger and Aldi, holding various positions as Vice President of Retail Operations for Kroger, Division President of Ruler Foods, and Marketing Director for Aldi.
Zolcak will be succeeding Melville as the revered leader announces his retirement after a 43-year retail career, according to a press release. Melville became President of Fresh Thyme Market in 2019, joining the retailer from Meijer. He began his time with Meijer in 2010, noted his LinkedIn.
“My tenure at Fresh Thyme Market has been challenging and exciting,” Melville commented on his time with the grocery chain. “As I move on to my next phase, I’m very confident Fresh Thyme Market is poised for continued success as I hand the baton to Liz.”
Congratulations to Liz Zolcak as she takes on her exciting new position, and to Gerald Melville for a successful retail career!