SpartanNash looks to be putting a careful eye to its supply chain endeavors for future success. The retailer announced that it has named a new Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, and appointed Tom Lee to the position.
Tom stepped into his new role on Monday, May 1, according to a press release. In this position, Tom will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies for supply chain management. This will include a specific emphasis on enhancing and expanding the company’s network in order to support the company’s customers’ growth initiatives, while also improving efficiency and reducing cost.
“Tom is a proven leader with a strong track record in supply chain and merchandising functions,” President and COO Dave Staples said. “His experience in instituting strategic supply chain growth and efficiency initiatives will help SpartanNash continue to grow in our wholesale, retail, and military segments and build upon existing relationships with our customers.”
Most recently, Tom served as Vice President, Merchandising Operations, U.S e-Commerce for Walmart from 2015-2017. In this role, he gained experience building out supply chain and merchandising operational functions for the global e-commerce division. This included overseeing the planning and replenishment for both owned and drop-ship vendors with more than 10,000 suppliers, and 26 million unique SKUs across a $1 billion inventory.
With SpartanNash, Tom will use his executive position to oversee the following departments, and will report to Staples:
Tom has also previously served as Walmart’s Vice President, Supply Chain Innovations, Global e-Commerce, in addition to holding leadership positions for Henry Schein. Tom also has been a senior-level consultant for both Ernst & Young, and KPMG.
Tom has a Master’s Degree in Executive Managerial Business Administration from Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Emory University.