Grocery Outlet Names Pamela Burke New Chief Stores Officer and Announces Organizational Restructuring; Eric Lindberg Comments
EMERYVILLE, CA - Fortifying your leadership is one of the best ways to advance your growth strategies. This is precisely what Grocery Outlet has done, as the company recently announced that Pamela Burke will become its new Chief Stores Officer, which is a newly created position.
Burke previously served as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. According to a press release, she will enter her new role as of January 1, 2022, and will report to RJ Sheedy, President. In this role, she will be responsible for the support of and relations with independent operators and their stores across all geographies.
The new Chief is a proven leader who has deep experience with the company’s independent operator model and understands the importance of promoting independent operator autonomy and maintaining a strong, collaborative relationship.
Concurrently, Heather Mayo, Chief Sales and Merchandising Officer - East, has made the decision to leave Grocery Outlet in early March 2022. Mayo will be transitioning her responsibilities to functional leaders at the local and corporate level.
These changes are expected to support the company’s growing team of independent operators and the expansion of its store base nationally.
Through the use of enterprise-wide resources, combined with the ongoing commitment to localized decision-making, Grocery Outlet will continue to be well-positioned to drive sustained growth and profitability.
Chief Executive Officer Eric Lindberg commented on these operational shifts.
"2021 marks Grocery Outlet’s 75th year in business and at the heart of our success has been the knowledge, skill, and autonomy of our independent operators," said Lindberg. "As we look ahead toward our next 75 years of growth, this new organizational structure allows us to more effectively support our operators in growing their businesses while facilitating local decision-making and independent operator independence. Pam has done an exceptional job leading several business functions and coordinating support to our independent operators. As such, I am confident she will make valuable contributions in her new role. I also want to thank Heather for her efforts during her tenure at Grocery Outlet and wish her the best in her future endeavors."
We wish the best of luck to these two Grocery Outlet executives!