Wakefern names Chris Lane as exec vice president

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KEASBEY, N.J. — Wakefern Food Corp. has promoted Chris Lane, senior vice president of product divisions, to executive vice president of the company.


Chris Lane

Lane, a 13-year veteran of Wakefern, will guide day-to-day operations and strategy planning. Wakefern comprises 50 member companies that own and operate supermarkets under the ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer, PriceRite and Dearborn Market banners. The 70-year-old company reported retail sales of $16 billion during its annual meeting in October.

“Our goal was to select an individual who would honor our past and at the same time challenge the status quo to ensure a bright future for Wakefern and our members. We’re happy to announce that Chris Lane has been appointed to the position,” said Wakefern president and chief operating officer Joe Sheridan.  “Chris is innovative, forward thinking and willing to take the calculated risks required to navigate a challenging competitive environment where emerging technologies and changing consumer preferences require us to be nimble and able to respond with urgency.”

Lane joined Wakefern in 2003 as vice president of pharmacy and in 2005 added health and beauty care to his responsibilities. By 2008, he was promoted to vice president of grocery, direct store delivery and commercial bakery. In 2011 he was promoted again to senior vice president of nonperishables, and most recently he was named senior vice president of product divisions where, in addition to his responsibility for Wakefern’s various procurement divisions, he led health and wellness initiatives.

Prior to joining Wakefern, Lane served as vice president of pharmacy at Duane Reade.

Lane is a member of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores board of directors and a member of the Trinitas Regional Medical Center board of directors.


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