Stater Bros. Markets, one of the largest privately owned supermarket chains in Southern California, announced changes to its leadership team that leverage the expertise and experience of key management members to guide and ensure the companyâ€™s continued success.
Dan Meyer, a 46-year member of the Stater Bros. family will assume the role of executive vice president of distribution. In this role, previously held by recently promoted President George Frahm, Meyer will oversee the entire operation of Stater Bros. distribution division, which includes the companyâ€™s 2.1-million-square-foot Norton Distribution Center in addition to the companyâ€™s transportation and fleet maintenance departments. Meyer most recently served as executive vice president of retail operations. His extensive retail operations knowledge is critical to the companyâ€™s supply chain management efforts and he will continue to be an instrumental member of Stater Bros. executive management team. Meyer will report to Frahm.
Keith Thomas is a 37-year Stater Bros. family member and is being promoted to the position of senior vice president of retail operations due to Meyer assuming the role of executive vice president of distribution. In this position, Thomas will be responsible for overseeing the entire retail operations of all 171 Stater Bros. supermarket locations. Thomas has steadily progressed through a range of retail store and district supervision roles demonstrating stellar leadership skills and a passion for the supermarket business. In 2009, Thomas was promoted to his most recent position of regional vice president of retail operations. Thomas holds a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Redlands and is also a graduate of the University of Southern California Food Industry Management Program. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Western Association of Food Chains. Thomas will also report to Frahm.
Tom Seaton, a 40-year member of the Stater Bros. family is being promoted to the position of senior vice president of administration due to the recent promotion of Frahm. In his new role, Seaton will oversee the companyâ€™s administration division, which includes human resources, labor relations, insurance, workersâ€™ compensation, support services and office services departments. In 2009, Seaton was promoted to his most recent position of regional vice president of retail operations. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and an MBA from the University of Redlands. Seaton is also a graduate of the University of Southern California Food Industry Management Program. He currently serves on the board of trustees for the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation, and was an adjunct professor at the University of Redlandsâ€™ School of Business. Seaton will report to Frahm.
These changes become effective on January 15, 2018.
â€œI am pleased to have such a talented and experienced leadership team, and Iâ€™m confident that Dan, Keith and Tom will excel in their new roles,â€ said Stater Bros. Chief Executive Officer Pete Van Helden. â€œThese management changes reflect Stater Bros. longstanding commitment to providing our customers with the best shopping experience in Southern California and ensure Stater Bros. current and future success,â€ Van Helden concluded.