Supervalu Bios: Sam Duncan and Bob Miller
Incoming CEO & President
Sam Duncan, 61, a highly-successful executive with more than 40 years of retail experience, has been named incoming Chief Executive Officer and President of SUPERVALU INC., a position he is expected to assume in late February.
Duncan most recently served from 2005-2011 as Chairman, CEO & President of OfficeMax, the third-largest office supplies retailer in North America with over $7 billion in revenues and more than 1,000 stores in the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico & the US Virgin Islands. In addition to retail, Duncan also oversaw the Company’s business-to-business sales and service divisions in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to joining OfficeMax, Duncan served from 2002-2005 as President and CEO of ShopKo Stores, a $3 billion Midwest retailer. In both these leadership roles, Duncan successfully led publicly-traded companies through growth and financial improvement efforts, resulting in stronger organizations and improved shareholder value.
Duncan has an extensive background in the grocery industry. He began his career at Albertsons as a courtesy clerk at the age of 15. During the next 19 years, he held various positions of increasing responsibility with Albertsons before moving to Fred Meyer, a division of Kroger, in 1992 as Vice President of Grocery. He was eventually appointed President of the Fred Meyer division. Duncan also served from 1998-2001 as President of Ralph’s Supermarket, one of the largest food retailers in Southern California.
Duncan and his wife of 42 years, Sylvia, reside in Portland, OR. They have three daughters and five grandchildren.
Robert G. Miller
Incoming Chairman of the Board
Bob Miller has spent more than 50 years in retailing with an impressive track record of improving the financial and operating performance of both public and private corporations, as well as leading troubled companies back to health.
He currently serves as the CEO of Albertson’s LLC, a North American grocery company with approximately 192 retail grocery and drug stores in eight states. Retail operations are supported by two major Company distribution operations. Albertson’s LLC is majority-owned by Cerberus Capital Management, one of the world’s leading private investment firms specializing in turning underperforming companies into industry leaders.
Prior to joining Albertson’s in 2006, Miller was Chairman of the Board of Wild Oats Markets based in Boulder, Colorado from December 2004 through 2006.
In December of 1999, Miller was hired as Chairman and CEO of Rite Aid Corporation, the country’s third largest drugstore chain, where from December 1999 to June 2003 he led a successful turnaround of the nearly-bankrupt company. He continued to serve as Chairman of Rite Aid until June 2007 and a Director until 2011.
Before joining Rite Aid, Miller was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer at the Kroger Company, which he joined in May 1999 when the company acquired the food and drug retailer Fred Meyer, Inc. Mr. Miller served as Fred Meyer, Inc. Chairman and CEO from 1991 to 1999.
Starting his career at Albertson’s Inc., a retail food and drug chain, Miller spent 30 years working his way up the ranks from Store Manager to Executive Vice President of Retail Operations.
He currently also serves on the Board of Directors of Albertson’s LLC, Nordstrom, Inc, Jim Pattison Group, U.S. Bakery, and Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts. A native of Louisville, Mississippi, he attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California and the Executive Management Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He is married with three sons.