UNFI Announces Resignation Of CFO Mike Zechmeister, Appointment Of John W. Howard As Interim CFO
- by Maggie Mead
PROVIDENCE, RI - Life is full of comings and goings, and the business world is no exception. United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) has recently announced a change in its senior management team. Mike Zechmeister will step down from his role as Chief Financial Officer starting August 23 to pursue an opportunity outside the company. The role of Interim Chief Financial Officer will be filled by John W. Howard, while UNFI continues to search both internally and externally for a permanent replacement.
"I thank Mike for his contributions to UNFI over the past four years of significant growth and change,” Steven L. Spinner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer commented. “In the near term, we're fortunate to have John's experience and financial acumen available to our board, leadership team, and finance organization. John will help continue our efforts to align and build a world-class finance organization, focusing on financial planning data, systems, and processes to drive and achieve our strategic business objectives."
Though Howard is relatively new to the company—he joined in July as Senior Vice President, Finance and Accounting—he brings with him more than 20 years of experience leading financial teams, according to a press release. Howard most recently served as Interim Chief Financial Officer for Prime Therapeutics, and before that he served as Vice President, Corporate Finance at Valspar Corporation. In his new role, Howard will work with UNFI’s financial leadership, executive team, and Board of Directors, as the company continues to execute its integration and growth plan.
AndNowUKnow wishes Mike the best on his new path, and congratulations to John on his new position!