Nash Finch Names Nelson President and COO

MINNEAPOLIS - National food retailer and distributor Nash Finch Company on Tuesday announced the promotion of Jerry L. Nelson to president and chief operating officer.

In making the announcement, Ron Marshall, CEO of Nash Finch, highlighted Nelson's industry experience and his management successes as head of the company's distribution business.

"I have worked closely with Jerry for the past two years, and he is an experienced industry executive with an excellent background for these competitive times," Marshall said. "He has a focused and disciplined approach that will enhance our ability to serve customers in both established and emerging markets. Further, this streamlines the operations reporting structure of our company and the reduction in direct reports will permit me to concentrate on new growth opportunities going forward."

Nelson will continue to report to Marshall and retains overall responsibility for the distribution business. Christopher A. Brown, executive VP, merchandising, and Michael A. Mott, executive VP and president of retail, will report to Nelson.

In a related action, Nash Finch Company also announced that David J. Bersie was promoted to corporate senior VP, food distribution and assumes Nelson's previous day-to-day responsibility for the distribution business. In addition, Randy J. Jaeger has been promoted to VP, food distribution, responsible for service to the company's distribution customers in the Midwest and Southeast.
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