Following news of a recently expanded partnership, United Natural Foods, Inc. has more changes to share as the distributor has announced the retirement of Chief Operating Officer Eric Dorne. The Chief revealed that he will be officially retiring October 29, 2022, after more than a decade with the company.
“I am grateful for the many opportunities UNFI has provided me over the past 11 years,” said Dorne. “I am thankful for the tremendous support from my colleagues, our Board of Directors, and all associates throughout the UNFI network. Together, we have created an organization with great potential built on a strong foundation. I have enjoyed my 46-year journey from part-time grocery bagger to today, and I am excited to watch our next generation of leaders take UNFI to new levels of success.”
With over 46 years in the grocery industry, Dorne has spent the past 11 years in senior leadership roles at UNFI. He will continue to oversee UNFI’s operations and fulfillment network, as well as lead information technology through his retirement date. Dorne will work closely with the senior leadership team to ensure a smooth transition.
Dorne spent the first 35 years of his career in a variety of leadership roles at A&P Supermarkets before joining UNFI as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer in 2011. He also served as Chief Administrative Officer and President of Strategic Business Units prior to assuming his current role.
According to a release, Dorne has helped the company grow to nearly 30,000 associates, 56 distribution centers, and over $27 billion in annual revenue.
“On behalf of our Board of Directors, senior leadership team, and all UNFI associates, I thank Eric for his tremendous vision, service, and leadership over these last 11 years,” said Chief Executive Officer Sandy Douglas. “Eric has helped UNFI navigate significant growth and change, serving as head of the integration team for the transformative acquisition of Supervalu in 2018, as well as guiding the company through the challenges and opportunities of the COVID-19 pandemic over these past two years. Eric’s foresight, planning, and strategic leadership have contributed meaningfully to ensuring that UNFI is well-positioned to support customer growth, implement new innovations and solutions, and adapt to the rapidly changing landscape. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work alongside Eric these past 10 months, and I am very happy for him and his family as he begins the transition to retirement.”
In the coming months, UNFI expects to share its plans for a seamless transition of Dorne’s responsibilities following his retirement.
Best wishes to Eric Dorne as he begins this new journey. May the road rise up to meet you!