Retail Leaders Making Moves

Mike Troy
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CPG veteran Christine Mei was named CEO of plant-based seafood company Gathered Foods, makers of the Great Catch brand.

Longtime Anheuser-Busch executive Bill Bradley has joined Schnuck Markets as chief marketing and communications officer. Bradley spent nearly three decades at AB and recently held roles as vice president of community affairs and senior director of corporate social responsibility. At Schnuck Markets Bradley will lead the company’s newly merged marketing, communications and customer insights team.

“We know customers are determining where they shop based on their emotional connection to retailers - making our brand’s message and community focus more critical than ever - and Bill’s expertise and leadership is paramount as we leverage these core areas,” said David Peacock, Schnucks president and COO.

Susan Adzick was elevated to the role of president of McLane Company’s $16 billion foodservice division after serving since January as EVP and COO of McLane Foodservice. Her predecessor, Tom Zatina, was named EVP and chief strategy officer as part of a planned transition, the company said.

“During these uncertain times, Susan has demonstrated a steady hand, thoughtful leadership, and unwavering stewardship of McLane’s beliefs and values. Her performance this year has reinforced my confidence that she is the right individual to lead McLane Foodservice,” said Grady Rosier, president and CEO of McLane.

Plant-based seafood company Gathered Foods named Christine Mei CEO. The CPG veteran has held leadership roles at Beiersdorf, Royal Philips, The Coca-Cola Company, Nike and Procter & Gamble and holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from The University of Texas and an MBA from Rice University. Gathered Foods is the company behind the Good Catch brand and earlier this year it secured an additional $36.8 million in Series B funding and a joint distribution agreement with Bumble Bee Foods. Mei fills a position previously held by Gathered Foods co-founder Chris Kerr.

Former L’Oreal, Starbucks and Macy’s executive Kathy Chi Thurber was named president at Saje Natural Wellness, a manufacturer of 100% natural essential-oil-based wellness products. After nearly 30 years of leading the Saje business, co-founders Kate Ross LeBlanc and Jean-Pierre LeBlanc are stepping into new roles as board members.

Global technology company Pitney Bowes named Gregg Zegras EVP and president of global commerce, reporting to the Marc Lautenbach, the firm’s president and CEO. Zegras joined Pitney Bowes in 2013 and most recently served as chief commercial officer. Under Zegras’ leadership, Pitney Bowes said its global e-commerce sales and client success teams added more than $1 billion in revenue in just six years.

Lisa Pankiewicz, vice president of global stewardship for The Clorox Company, and Homer Swei, global director of product stewardship with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products, were appointed to the board of the Fragrance Creators Association. As the name suggests, the Fragrance Creators Association is a trade association representing the North American fragrance manufacturing industry and member companies include those who create, manufacture, and use fragrances and scents for home care, personal care, home design, fine fragrance, and industrial and institutional products as well as those that supply fragrance ingredients, including natural extracts and other raw materials that are used in perfumery and fragrance mixtures.