A division of US Foods’ operations is being elevated by a new President. The foodservice distributor’s CHEF’STORE network will now be led by Irfan Badibanga, as he was recently named to the role. He is set to employ new growth plans that will advance US Foods’ ambitious omnichannel strategy.
“CHEF'STORE is poised for tremendous growth, and I am excited to help advance an omnichannel experience that enables purchasing synergies for our US Foods broadline customers,” said Badibanga. “Our CHEF’STORE locations have an unparalleled culture that enables associates to cultivate lasting partnerships with our customers, and a customer value proposition that is centered around an incomparable customer experience that emphasizes clean, easy-to-navigate stores and a consistently stocked assortment of products aligned with the communities we operate in.”
Most recently, Badibanga held the title of Senior Vice President of Operations at Giant Food. At Giant, he led operations for the company’s chain of supermarkets and pharmacies, managing strategic store planning and execution, customer experience, e-commerce operations, asset protection, and supply chain logistics, a press release noted. Before joining Giant Food, Badibanga served as Senior Vice President of Operations at Family Dollar Stores, where he was responsible for the oversight of 8,000 stores in 44 states.
Badibanga’s career also includes executive roles at Walmart, where he served as Vice President of Operations and oversaw 33,000 associates across 105 Walmart Supercenters.
As President, he will report to Jay Kvasnicka, Executive Vice President of Field Operations.
“I am pleased to welcome Irfan to CHEF’STORE,” said Kvasnicka. “His extensive retail leadership experience and proven track record of helping advance retail excellence will be critical as we continue to invest in the growth and expansion of our CHEF’STORE business.”
We look forward to seeing what this indelible leader does as President.