Loblaw names chief administrative officer as COO departs

The key appointments are aimed at driving efficiency, effectiveness and post-acquisition synergies
9/26/2013

Loblaw appointed two of its veteran company executives Grant Froese and Mark Butler to the roles of chief administrative officer and executive vice president, integration, respectively.

A report said that in the newly created role of chief administrative officer, Froese would assume responsibility for supply chain, IT, and SAP implementation, as well as the division support functions of control brands, e-commerce, goods not for resale, off-shore procurement and marketing.

Froese was previously executive vice president, discount division at Loblaw.

"Grant's combination of deep operational and merchandising experience is an ideal fit as we ramp up the IT roll-out to our store network and drive our efficiency agenda to become a more agile company," said Vicente Trius, president, Loblaw in a release.

Butler meanwhile, would take on the critical responsibility for planning the integration of Shoppers Drug Mart. He was most recently executive vice president, conventional division.

READ: The distribution impact of Loblaw's purchase of Shoppers

In related news, Loblaw announced that Garry Senecal and Andrew Iacobucci would now lead its conventional(includes pharmacy, optical, and natural value offerings) and discount divisions, respectively.

READ: Trius talks food in Shoppers Drug Mart stores

Loblaw also announced Peter McMahon, chief operating officer at Loblaw, is no longer with the company. He was credited by Trius in being instrumental in the revitalization of the grocer's supply chain and the development of the SAP platform and digital strategy.

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