C&S Wholesale Grocers said it has appointed Chris Smith as chief supply chain officer, effective Oct. 15. In this role, Smith will lead all operations and transportation teams for the Keene, N.H.-based distributor.
Chris Smith photograph courtesy of C&S Wholesale Grocers
“Smith is a hands-on leader who believes in supporting and coaching his team,” said Mike Duffy, CEO of C&S, in a statement. “His significant logistics experience and positive approach to leadership will be tremendous assets as we execute on future initiatives.”
Smith brings more than 25 years of leadership experience to his new role. He is joining C&S from McKesson, where he has spent 13 years in senior leadership for the U.S. distribution business and, most recently, held the position of SVP of the Northeast region. Prior to McKesson, Smith spent 12 years with Home Depot in progressive logistics and finance leadership roles.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the lead supply chain company in the food industry,” Smith said. “The expertise of the C&S team is a valuable asset to independently owned retailers and national supermarket chains, and I look forward to working toward our mutual successes.”
C&S also said that Peter Fiore, EVP of distribution, would retire at the end of 2018 following 26 years of service to the company and more than 40 years in the grocery industry.