United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) recently announced it is expanding its leadership roster. Stacey Kravitz joins the team as the new President of UNFI Canada effective August 2, 2020, bringing more than 25 years of experience in progressive high-profile leadership positions.
Kravitz will oversee broadline natural, organic, and specialty distribution in Canada and lead a sales, merchandising, and supply chain organization of over 450 associates, according to a press release. Her previous roles included sales at Kraft Foods, then Kraft Heinz Company, and UNFI Canada. Kravitz has received numerous awards recognizing her influence, innovation, dedication, and leadership in the grocery industry.
In May 2019, Kravitz was elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) and chairs CHFA’s HR committee. She is a graduate of McGill University and the Queens and Ivey Executive Program where she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and an Executive Education in Strategic Planning and Finance certificate.
“Stacey creates highly collaborative stakeholder relationships and has a proven track record of building sales, developing business relationships, managing operations, and leading strategic planning,” said UNFI President and CMO, Chris Testa. “Her UNFI experience and accomplishments—from structuring national sales and customer business teams to negotiating high-profile preferred distribution agreements—are among her many career achievements that led to today's announcement. Stacey is a recognized industry professional, and we're excited to have her lead UNFI Canada into the future.”
Currently, Kravitz serves as Canada's Senior Vice President of Sales. She will transition into her new role as Peter Brennan, UNFI Canada's current President, prepares for retirement at the end of the company's fiscal year. He will stay in his current role through August 7, 2020, and remain in a consulting role until October to help advise and transition the role to Kravitz.
Having first joined UNFI in 2016, Brennan has spent the past four years leading UNFI's Canadian division. Brennan’s retirement comes after a tremendous 50-year career in the grocery industry.
“Peter’s contribution to our Canadian business has been outstanding,” said Chief Operating Officer, Eric Dorne. “He’s helped position and lead the Canadian business through a dynamic period of industry change and consolidation and has developed and mentored strong regional and national teams to execute our go-to-market strategy while delivering terrific results. We thank Peter for his positive impacts on UNFI and we wish him all the best in retirement.”
We here at Deli Market News wish to congratulate Stacey Kravitz on her recent appointment and offer our best to Peter Brennan as he takes the next step in his adventure.