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C&S Wholesale Grocers names new chief supply chain officer

C&S Wholesale Grocers has appointed Chris Smith as chief supply chain officer, effective Oct. 15. Smith will lead all operations and transportation teams, working across the organization to enhance the customer experience.cs

“Smith is a hands-on leader who believes in supporting and coaching his team,” said Mike Duffy, C&S chief executive officer. “His significant logistics experience and positive approach to leadership will be tremendous assets as we execute on future initiatives.”

A seasoned supply chain and distribution executive with a finance background, Smith will bring more than 25 years of progressive leadership experience. He is joining C&S from McKesson where he has spent 13 successful years in senior leadership for the U.S. distribution business and, most recently, held the position of senior vice president of the Northeast. Prior to McKesson, Smith spent 12 years with The Home Depot in progressive logistics and finance leadership roles.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the lead supply chain company in the food industry,” said Smith. “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 welcomes Smith into its lead logistics role, as Peter Fiore, executive vice president of distribution, plans to retire at the end of 2018 following 26 years of dedicated service to the company and more than 40 years in the grocery industry.

Smith currently serves on the board of directors for Cancer Support Community of Walnut Creek, CA, and the Supply Chain Leaders in Action. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.