SpartanNash names Walmart e-commerce VP to oversee supply chain functions

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — SpartanNash on Monday announced that Tom Lee has been named SVP supply chain, effective May 1. He will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies for supply chain management, with a focus on enhancing and expanding the company’s network to support customers’ growth initiatives while improving efficiency and reducing cost.

“Tom is a proven leader with a strong track record in supply chain and merchandising functions,” stated Dave Staples, president and COO SpartanNash. “His experience in instituting strategic supply chain growth and efficiency initiatives will help SpartanNash continue to grow in our wholesale, retail and military segments and build upon existing relationships with our customers.”

Lee will oversee SpartanNash’s supply chain, logistics, transportation and inventory management departments, and he will report to Staples.

From 2015 to 2017, Lee served as VP merchandising operations, U.S. e-commerce for Walmart. In the role, he built out supply chain and merchandising operational functions for the global e-commerce division, overseeing the planning and replenishment for both owned and drop-ship vendors with more than 10,000 suppliers and 26 million unique SKUs across a $1 billion inventory.

Prior to that, Lee served as VP supply chain innovations, global e-commerce for Walmart. He has also held supply chain leadership positions for Henry Schein and Office Depot and has been a senior-level consultant for both Ernst & Young and KPMG.

Lee holds a master’s degree in executive managerial business administration from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Emory University.

 

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