From Progressive Grocer, Aug. 10:

Southeastern Grocers has appointed Anthony Hucker president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Hucker has been interim president and ceo since the June departure of Ian McLeod.

“We are pleased to welcome Anthony as ceo of Southeastern Grocers as he was always part of our succession plan,” the Jacksonville, Fla.-based company said. “He has played an integral role in our successful transformation over the last 18 months, and we are positive he is the right leader to guide SEG. Anthony brings significant industry expertise, and we are confident that he will continue to improve the business to the benefit of our dedicated customers across the Southeast.”

Before coming to SEG, Hucker, a native of the United Kingdom, was president and chief operating officer of St. Louis-based Schnucks, and earlier held the role of president of Ahold USA banner Giant Food, based in Landover, Md., as well as serving on the executive board of Ahold USA. Prior to joining Giant Food, Hucker spent seven years at Walmart in a variety of leadership positions, internationally and domestically. He was hired by the Bentonville, AR-based mega-retailer as its chief information officer of the Americas, created the global format development division, and rose to become head of strategy and business development for Walmart U.S. and a corporate officer. Earlier still, after a few years as a food industry analyst, he worked for a decade with Aldi, where he held a range of senior roles in Germany, the U.S. and Austria, and was part of the original startup leadership team that spearheaded Aldi UK.

“I'm grateful to our leadership team for the smooth transition over the past six weeks, and I’m excited for the opportunity to continue to drive the strategic direction of the company,” noted Hucker. “I’m humbled and honored to lead our team of more than 50,000 associates who are our greatest assets, putting our customers first, always. Over the past two years, we’ve made substantial progress in our transformation, and we're ready to push forward.”

Recently, Hucker spoke with Progressive Grocer regarding the opening of seven Harveys locations in Florida, and SEG’s reasons for converting existing Winn-Dixie stores to that banner. 

Southeastern Grocers, parent company of the Bi-Lo, Fresco y Mas, Harveys and Winn-Dixie banners, is the second-largest supermarket in the Southeast, based on store count. The company employs more than 50,000 associates in grocery stores, liquor stores and in-store pharmacies throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina.