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Supervalu names proven turnaround CFO


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu on Wednesday named Bruce Besanko as the company’s EVP and CFO, effective Aug. 7.

Besanko joins Supervalu from OfficeMax, where he was EVP finance, CFO and chief administrative officer. “Having worked with him during a successful turnaround at OfficeMax, I know firsthand of his talent, financial acumen, commitment to success and overall work ethic — all of which will be critical as we continue our rebuilding efforts here at Supervalu," stated Supervalu president and CEO Sam Duncan. 

In his role at Supervalu, Besanko will oversee the financial activities of the $17 billion grocery company and lead a team of nearly 700 financial professionals. He will work closely with Duncan to continue strengthening the company’s balance sheet and building financial strategies that support Supervalu's future growth plans. Besanko follows current EVP and CFO Sherry Smith, who has held the role since 2010. Smith will continue in her role as CFO until Aug. 6 and her last day with the company will be Aug. 9.

“I especially want to thank Sherry for her many years of service to Supervalu and wish her all the best going forward,” Duncan said. “Sherry played an integral role in completing the disposition of the New Albertsons banners and helping reposition the company for the future. Her commitment toward improving our business and her leadership during the company’s transition period these past several months is greatly appreciated.”

Prior to his work at OfficeMax, Besanko served as VP finance and CFO for Circuit City Stores, and SVP finance and CFO for The Yankee Candle Company. He also held financial leadership positions at Best Buy, Sears and Atlantic Richfield Company in the years prior.

Besanko earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati and holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Strategy from the University of Chicago. Besanko also served in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

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