Riding into 2022, SpartanNash is giving its executive team additional power as it taps a new executive. Amy McClellan is picking up the mantle as she takes on the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, effective immediately.
McClellan shows a passion for the grocery industry, which was sparked in high school when she was hired as a part-time cashier. She continued pursuing that passion as she held various roles with increasing responsibility, including Communications Specialist, Market Research Supervisor, Loyalty and Marketing Programs Manager, Director of Marketing, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and SVP of Retail Operations and Merchandising.
With 20 years spent at Martin’s Super Markets, McClellan joined SpartanNash’s ranks in 2019 when the company acquired Martin’s. According to a press release, the new Chief played a critical role in SpartanNash’s acquisition of Martin’s, leading to her appointment as Division Vice President, Retail for SpartanNash. In March 2021, she was promoted to Vice President, Fresh Merchandising, overseeing the fresh product categories across 145 company-owned stores and 2,100 independent retail customers.
In her new capacity, she will be reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Tony Sarsam.
“Promoting from within is a key component of our People First culture,” said Sarsam. “Amy has brought invaluable expertise and leadership to SpartanNash, and this role is a natural progression in her career path. We look forward to implementing her creative, data-driven strategies for enhancing our retail branding, expanding our e-commerce business, and growing our total market share among primary and secondary shoppers.”
Additionally, McClellan serves on the SpartanNash Foundation Board of Trustees; the Greater South Bend, Indiana, Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; and the Ohio-based Buehler’s Fresh Foods Board of Directors. She is a two-time Top Women in Grocery Honoree (2018, 2020) and was recognized in 2019 as a “NextGen” 40 under 40 award winner.
As noted in the release, McClellan earned her undergraduate degree in Business Marketing and Advertising as well as her Master of Business Administration from Indiana University. In addition, she completed an executive certification program in strategic marketing management at the University of Chicago.
Congratulations are in order for Amy McClellan, and happy trails on your new journey!