Sue Klug named chief marketing officer at Unified Grocers
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Susan M. Klug,
recipient of the 2011 Network of Executive Women Bobbie O'Hare Award for
outstanding service, has been named senior vice president and chief marketing
officer of Unified Grocers, a retailer-owned wholesale grocery distributor that
supplies independent retailers throughout the western United States.
In her new position,
Klug will be responsible for all marketing functions at Unified Grocers, as
well as the company's retail support services and retail technology functions.
She will work closely with all of the company's sales teams and member retailers
and will provide support for their marketing efforts and programs. Klug will
report to CEO Al Plamann.
"We are extremely
pleased to add Sue Klug to Unified's management team,” Plamann said. "She has
impeccable credentials, a wealth of experience in the grocery industry and
understands our retailers and what they need to remain successful in the
Klug, who served as
president of the Southern California Division of Albertsons for five years, is
assuming the responsibility for marketing activities at Unified that were held
by Phil Smith, executive vice president, chief marketing and procurement
officer, who is retiring from the company.
Prior to joining
Albertsons/SUPERVALU, Klug was chief development officer at Catalina Marketing,
where she focused on new business development opportunities, such as new
product development, network expansion into alternative channels and creation
of new business concepts to serve retailers and manufacturer clients.
Previously Klug served as senior vice president, sales and merchandising
at Lucky Stores and senior vice president, marketing at The Vons Companies Inc.
Klug has been
recognized numerous times for her accomplishments within the grocery industry
and contributions to women's organizations, including honors from the Food
Industries Sales Managers Club of Southern California, Progressive Grocer and
The California Conference for Equality and Justice. Klug served on the board of
directors of the Western Association of Food Chains for more than five years.