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Grocery Outlet appoints retail veteran to new EVP COO role

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EMERYVILLE, Calif., Jan. 25, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Grocery Outlet Holding Corp. BB #:154673 announced that it has appointed Ramesh Chikkala to the newly created position of EVP, Chief Operations Officer, effective January 22, 2024.

This strategic appointment marks a significant milestone as Grocery Outlet continues to scale its business and add additional supply chain and business technology experience to its organization. In this newly created COO position, Mr. Chikkala will lead the Company’s Supply Chain and Business Technology functions, reporting to RJ Sheedy, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Ramesh Chikkala

“Ramesh is an ideal fit for this new position with his extensive leadership and operating experience in both supply chain and technology,” said Mr. Sheedy. “He has deep expertise in end-to-end supply chain transformation and business digitalization. This position represents continued investment in our business operations, which is critical to delivering our value proposition and supporting future revenue and profit growth.”

“I am thrilled to join Grocery Outlet to help scale the business and deliver on the mission of Touching Lives for the Better.” said Mr. Chikkala. “I am excited to work with an incredible team and with Grocery Outlet’s Independent Operators to transform and further optimize our supply chain and business technology infrastructure to support long-term growth.”

Mr. Chikkala’s experience in retail and operations organizations includes 14 years at Walmart, Inc., where, as SVP, Global Supply Chain (Omnichannel) and Food Manufacturing, he led its global supply chain and manufacturing operations, and as SVP, Information Technology, he led the company’s global technology organization. From 2001 to 2006, he was Vice President/Regional Vice President of Store Operations for Family Dollar Stores, Inc. He has also worked for Gap, Inc. and Food Lion, LLC in a mix of store operations, supply chain and technology roles.

Most recently he has been a Senior Advisor to A.T. Kearney, Inc. in their Operations/Supply Chain/Technology and Consumer Industry & Retail Practice, while also teaching and serving on several company boards, including Hibbett, Inc.

About Grocery Outlet:

Based in Emeryville, California, Grocery Outlet is a high-growth, extreme value retailer of quality, name-brand consumables and fresh products sold through a network of independently operated stores. Grocery Outlet has more than 460 stores in California, Washington, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Nevada, Maryland, New Jersey and Ohio.