Grocery distributor United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) has promoted Stacey Kravitz to the position of President of UNFI Canada, succeeding Peter Brennan, who is retiring.
Kravitz, currently executive vice-president of sales for Canada, is slated to take over the chairmanship effective August 2. UNFI said yesterday that Brennan will remain in his current role until August 7 and will remain with the company as a consultant until October to help Kravitz transition to his new position.
UNFI Canada is headquartered in Concord, Ontario. As President, Kravitz (left) will oversee general, natural and specialty distribution in Canada and lead a sales, merchandising and supply chain organization for more than 450 associates. She will report to Chris Testa, president and chief marketing officer of Providence, UNFI based in R.I.
“Stacey builds highly collaborative stakeholder relationships and has a proven track record in building sales, developing business relationships, managing operations and directing strategic planning,” said Testa in a statement. “His experience and accomplishments at UNFI – from structuring national sales and business teams to clients to negotiating premium privileged distribution agreements – are among his many professional accomplishments that have led to today’s announcement. Stacey is a recognized industry professional, and we are delighted to have his UNFI Canada leader in the future. “
Kravitz joined UNFI Canada as Vice President of Sales in June 2016 and was elevated to the position of Senior Vice President of Sales last January. Before that, she spent almost 20 years in various sales management positions at Kraft Heinz and its predecessor Kraft Foods, most recently as Vice President Client. Last May, she was elected to the board of directors of the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) and now chairs the human resources committee of CHFA.
Brennan (left), a food industry veteran for 50 years, has been president of UNFI Canada since joining the company in 2016.
“Peter’s contribution to our Canadian operations has been exceptional,” said Eric Dorne, Chief Operating Officer of UNFI. “He helped position and lead the Canadian business during a dynamic period of industry change and consolidation and developed and mentored strong regional and national teams to execute our marketing strategy while producing great results. We thank Peter for his positive impact on UNFI and wish him well in retirement. “