United Natural Foods Inc. has announced a series of organizational changes within its management following current Chief Operation Officer Sean Griffin disclosure that the executive plans on retiring this fall. As Griffin retires, Chris Testa will assume the role of President, UNFI; Paul Green will take on the role of Chief Supply Chain Officer; and Eric Dorne’s current role will be expanded.
“When I look back at my career with UNFI, I am most proud of driving the company’s mission forward and having the opportunity to work with, and learn from, so many talented people,” said Griffin in a press release. “It has been a great privilege to serve UNFI and I am now ready to retire with enthusiasm for the company’s future. I am delighted with Chris Testa’s appointment as President, Paul Green’s appointment as Chief Supply Chain Officer, and the expansion of Eric Dorne’s role. I have worked with Chris, Paul, and Eric for several years—their unique blend of capabilities, relationships, and expertise will continue to be invaluable assets to UNFI.”
After serving as COO for the last eight years, Griffin will step down from his role August 1, retire October 1. He will continue to serve as a Strategic Advisor for the company.
Testa currently serves as President, Atlantic Region, and in his new role as President, UNFI, he will oversee branding and communications, as well as the company’s broadline natural, organic, and specialty distribution business in the United States, Select Nutrition and e-Commerce, and Enterprise Sales and Service.
Paul Green, who currently serves as President, Pacific Region, will become the Chief Supply Chain Officer, in which he will focus on driving standardized operational excellence and will oversee UNFI’s Supply Chain function, its newly-created Warehouse Automation group, and its Transportation and Real Estate operations.
While continuing to serve as UNFI’s Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Information Officer, Eric Dorne will also take on the role of President of Strategic Business Units, in which he will assume oversight of Albert’s Produce, Woodstock Farms, Supplier Relationship Management, as well as continuing to oversee operations in Canada, Earth Origins Market, Customer Care, Risk Safety, and Information Technology.
“Sean’s eight years of outstanding service at UNFI have been invaluable; he played a critical role in the development and success of our company,” added Steve Spinner, President and Chief Executive Officer. “He has been an amazing partner and mentor to many of our current leadership. In addition, he built a strong team that understands our business and can further drive our strategic plan and enable us to manage through operational challenges that come with our impressive growth. UNFI is better positioned for the future because of Sean’s contributions.”
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