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Sue Klug named chief marketing officer at Unified Grocers

Tuesday, December 11, 2012  
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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 marketplace.” 

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.

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