Looking to expand upon its ambitious growth plans, United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) is starting by building out its leadership team. Recently, the distributor named Mahrukh Hussain as its new General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, a position in which she will oversee the company’s legal and governance activities.
“UNFI has a tremendous growth plan, coupled with a long history of doing the right thing for its customers, associates, suppliers, and communities,” said Hussain. “Strong growth and equally strong values are important to me, and I look forward to joining UNFI’s leadership team and supporting the next chapter in the company’s exciting journey.”
In her new role, Hussain will leverage over 20 years of global experience with McDonald’s to support the distributor’s senior leadership team as they execute UNFI’s Fuel the Future strategy. She will also be responsible for all UNFI legal activities including compliance, employment law, securities, Board governance, strategic transactions and contracts, and real estate, according to a press release.
Hussain currently serves as McDonald’s Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial and Privacy Officer, and her appointment at UNFI is effective on May 16, 2022.
During her two-decade tenure with McDonald’s, Hussain held various legal positions. Most recently, she oversaw global responsibility for commercial transactions, marketing, intellectual property, technology, privacy and safety, security, and intelligence.
“Mahrukh is a great addition to UNFI as she brings a wealth of experience overseeing large corporate legal functions with a passion for building collaborative support teams,” said Sandy Douglas, Chief Executive Officer. “With our focus on helping customers grow and succeed and on continuing to expand market reach, UNFI’s legal function will be a critical link in supporting business growth, future commercial transactions, and UNFI’s high standards for ethics and compliance. Mahrukh will also help us continue diversifying our leadership team, bringing fresh thinking and new perspectives to how we work and support our more than 28,000 company associates.”
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Cheers to Mahrukh Hussain for stepping into this impressive new role!