Park City Hires 2 Grocery Vets for New Exec Positions

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Park City Hires 2 Grocery Vets for New Exec Positions

By Ned Bardic - 04/03/2013

Park City Group, a provider of consumer goods supply chain technology designed to increase sales and reduce out-of-stocks, has hired grocery industry vets Bruce Christiansen and Sage Horner to form the nucleus of the new Park City Group Industry Solutions team. Christiansen was named SVP and Horner was named group VP-national clients.

The team will work collaboratively with Park City Group’s strategic clients to ensure joint business solutions are successfully implemented and drive measurable improvements in sales and inventory management objectives while enhancing the customer experience.

“Bruce and Sage are accomplished retail and wholesale executives with significant depth and breadth of experience in merchandising, marketing, strategic procurement, and supply chain,” said Randall K. Fields, chairman and CEO of Park City Group. “The new Industry Solutions team they lead will be consultants to our customers, helping each retailer and supplier understand the best and most profitable way to sell more, stock less and see everything. We are fortunate to have their knowledge and expertise working to help our current and future customers.”

Christiansen has extensive corporate merchandising leadership experience at national and regional retailers across multiple product lines. He has also played a key leadership role for one of the largest grocery supply chains in the country and organized several enterprise-wide business transformation programs.

Most recently, he was VP of supply chain and procurement for regional supermarket chain and Park City Group user Haggen Foods. Prior to that he served in consulting capacities at specialty retailer The Guitar Center and natural foods company Better Body Foods, where he was COO and CFO. He also served as VP of the supply chain practice at Boise Consulting Group.

Christiansen had a 17-year career at Albertsons, Inc./Supervalu, most recently as corporate VP, home, health and beauty merchandising. Prior to this he served as corporate VP – supply chain; VP – demand chain strategy; GM of the La Habra, Calif. and Salt Lake City, Utah distribution centers; and director of distribution at the Fort Worth, Texas distribution center.

Horner has more than 25 years of experience within the retail and wholesale grocery industry, including positions in marketing, merchandising/category management, procurement and supply chain operations.

He was most recently VP of sales of Boar’s Head Brand, and previously served as VP - merchandising, marketing and supply chain at natural/organic retailer Sunflower Farmers Market, and executive director of procurement at petroleum marketer Maverik, Inc.

Horner spent 22 years at Albertsons/Supervalu, completing his tenure as corporate director of procurement. He previously served as director procurement HBC/GM; director of sourcing HBC/GM; project manager (Strategic Procurement Centralization Initiative); supply chain manager for the Intermountain Division; and grocery procurement manager for the company’s former Great Plains Division.