SpartanNash Welcomes Tony Sarsam as President and CEO
- by Lilian Diep
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Appointing a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is a powerful move, especially in the retail industry. SpartanNash Company has recently invested in such a power move, appointing Tony B. Sarsam as the new President and CEO. Sarsam will assume the role and join the Board of Directors effective September 21. Interim President and CEO Dennis Eidson will continue in his role as Chairman of the Board and will serve as Executive Chairman for a period of thirty days to ensure a smooth transition with Sarsam.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected to lead this incredible organization,” said Sarsam. “I think of SpartanNash as over 100 years young, with a rich history and a promising future. I am looking forward to working with our 19,000 dedicated associates to further strengthen our company and extend our success well into the future.”
Sarsam is an accomplished CEO who has a unique blend of consumer products and supply chain expertise in the food industry, which positions him especially well to lead SpartanNash Company.
In the past, Sarsam served as CEO of Ready Pac Foods, Inc., where his focus on innovation and service transformed that business into a growth engine, delivering a 60 percent revenue increase in less than five years. Earlier in his career, Sarsam enjoyed over 20 years in progressive leadership roles at PepsiCo before joining Nestlé, where he served for three years as President of Nestlé’s Direct Store Delivery Company, a $4.5 billion pizza and ice cream business.
Sarsam most recently served as CEO of Borden Dairy Company, Inc. where he led business growth and positive trends in a challenging industry. He successfully led Borden through its recent restructuring and restored the business to a new foundation for future growth before his departure in July 2020.
Sarsam holds a master’s degree in management from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Arizona State University.
“SpartanNash’s Board of Directors has conducted an extensive search over the past year, and we are extremely confident we have recruited an exceptional leader to continue the legacy of our company as a trusted provider of grocery products,” said Eidson in a company press release. “Not only does Tony possess the background and expertise to lead SpartanNash in the coming years, his core values and history of visionary thinking and strategic execution are in direct alignment to achieve our vision to be a best-in-class business that feels local, where relationships matter.”
Lead Independent Director Doug Hacker noted, “On behalf of our board, the SpartanNash executive leadership team, and the company’s family of 19,000 associates, we’d like to thank Dennis for his leadership and commitment to the company since he joined SpartanNash in 2003, and particularly these past thirteen months serving in his interim role. The board is confident that we have found an exemplary successor to Dennis in Tony Sarsam and we look forward to a bright future for SpartanNash.”
Congratulations to Tony Sarsam on this exciting appointment!