With a unanimous vote from the board’s independent directors, Douglas A. Hacker has been named SpartanNash’s Lead Independent Director. Hacker is stepping into his role as both Timothy O’Donovan and Mickey Foret retire from their board positions.
According to a press release, Hacker, an independent business executive, served as Executive Vice President of Strategy, Executive Vice President, and Chief Financial Officer, among other executive roles, at United Continental—the parent company for United Airlines. From there, he retired and is now stepping into his new role at SpartanNash.
Hacker served on the Board of Directors for SpartanNash since 2013, when Spartan Stores emerged with Nash-Finch Company. He served as Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee since the merger, as well as Chair of the Compensation and the Audit and Finance Committees, as Director of Nash-Finch. He also served as Director of Aircastle Limited and Travelport Worldwide.
"Doug Hacker is a strong leader who has provided strategic thought leadership for many years. The Board is confident that as Lead Independent Director, he will continue to serve our shareholders with sound judgment and strategic insight," said Dennis Eidson, Chairman of the Board. "Our board of directors and the leadership team of SpartanNash extend our sincere thanks to Timothy O’Donovan and also to Mickey Foret for their many years of outstanding service as they retire from the board."
Congratulations to Douglas A. Hacker and the whole SpartanNash team. We look forward to seeing how this next step impacts the company’s trajectory and the industry as a whole.