Loblaw has announced a string of executive moves, including the appointment of Mark Butler as EVP integration, who is charged with integrating the recently acquired Shoppers Drug Mart.
In the newly created role, Butler will take on responsibility for planning the integration of Shoppers Drug Mart, while ensuring it remains an independent division. And subject to completion of the transaction following review by the Competition Bureau, Butler will lead the team charged with delivering synergies. He has 37 years with Loblaw, and most recently was EVP conventional division.
"Mark Butler is a seasoned operator with deep expertise and relationships in the key areas we have targeted for synergies. We are committed to achieving the targets we have outlined, and I am confident that Mark and his team will deliver on those objectives," Vicente Trius, president of Loblaw Cos., stated.
Also assuming a newly created role within the company is Grant Froese, who has been appointed chief administrative officer. Froese assumes responsibility for supply chain, IT and SAP implementation, as well as the division support functions of control brands, e-commerce, goods not for resale, offshore procurement and marketing. He has more than 35 years of experience at Loblaw and most recently held the position of EVP discount division.
"The appointment of Grant Froese as chief administrative officer brings important shared service functions, including IT and Supply chain, under a single experienced executive as we enter the next key phase of building Loblaw's competitiveness and efficiency," Trius stated. "Grant's combination of deep operational and merchandising experience is an ideal fit as we ramp up the IT roll-out to our store network and drive our efficiency agenda to become a more agile company."
"With improved positioning and an enhanced customer offer, our discount and conventional divisions are well positioned with a strong internal leadership team ready to build on the foundation set by Grant and Mark," Trius added. "We are excited to announce the appointment of two experienced executives, Garry Senecal and Andrew Iacobucci, to lead our Conventional and Discount divisions, respectively."
Senecal becomes EVP of the conventional division, and continues to lead the Health and Wellness team, which inc