Empire Company has announced management changes to its executive committee. The changes are part of the final phase of the company's Project Sunrise transformation initiative.
Pierre St-Laurent is appointed to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer (COO), Full Service. He assumes responsibility for merchandising, retail operations, and supply chain across the company's full service and community banners, including Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Thrifty Foods and Foodland.
Michael Vels, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is expanding his role, with Empire's Information Technology team now reporting to him.
Empire has also created two new positions: Chief Information Officer and Head of Innovation and is currently searching for individuals to fill the roles.
Other key changes include two new appointments to the executive committee: Luc L'Archeveque, Senior Vice President, Merchandising and General Manager, Quebec, and Lorne MacLean, Senior Vice President, Retail Operations.
"The heavy lifting of Project Sunrise is almost done and I couldn't be happier with the exceptional progress the team continues to make. This is a significantly improved Company from that of even a year ago," says Michael Medline, President and CEO. "The time is right to set our sights on the next phase of growth, with leaders who will integrate and unify our efforts further, enhance execution and accelerate innovation for the long-term -- all with the aim of thrilling our customers."