Executive Movement

Supply chain execs named at Avnet division, Albertsons

Tempe, AZ  January 15, 2003  New supply chain executives were named this week at technology company Avnet Electronics Marketing and food retailer Albertsons.

Phoenix-based Avnet Electronics Marketing, the largest operating group of Avnet Inc., has appointed Peter Walker to the newly formed position of vice president for worldwide materials and supply chain management. Walker will report to Andy Bryant, president of Avnet Electronics Marketing.

Walker is assuming responsibility for Avnet Electronics Marketing's global inventory strategy, heading the development of new inventory models, including a major initiative to further the company's position on market-driven pricing. He will work on this and other asset-related programs and procedural disciplines, with a major focus on increasing responsiveness and value to Avnet Electronics Marketing's suppliers and customers, according to a company statement.

"As a distributor, asset velocity and best-in-class management of our product portfolio is at the very heart of our business, and today's market is demanding that we have greater depth in this area than ever," Bryant said in a statement. "Recruiting an executive that will assist an already proven materials management team within Avnet Electronics Marketing will help take us to the next level in this critical area of operation."

Prior to joining Avnet, Walker worked for Lattice Semiconductor as regional manager in Northern California, where he was responsible for local distribution support, contract manufacturing programs and key customer relationships. Prior to Lattice, he was director of marketing for Pioneer Standard Electronics, with responsibility for semiconductor marketing in the Industrial Electronics Division.

Walker began his career in 1985 with Future Electronics in Montreal, Canada. In his 12 years with Future, he held the position of corporate marketing manager for capacitor sales and discrete semiconductors, including responsibility for growing market-driven pricing programs. He then transferred to San Jose in 1990 and assisted Future in its emergence on the West Coast.

Meanwhile, Boise-based food and drug retailer Albertsons named C.J. "Gabe" Gabriel to the position of executive vice president for supply chain. Gabriel will report to President and Chief Operating Officer Peter Lynch and serve on the company's executive council.

Gabriel succeeds Tom Brother, who recently announced his plans to retire as executive vice president for distribution.

"Gabe has an outstanding 20-year track record highlighted by consistent revenue, profit and shareholder contributions," said Larry Johnston, chairman of the board and CEO at Albertsons. "He is a supply chain expert, and we will benefit from his extensive experience, proven results and outstanding leadership."

Gabriel joins Albertsons from Newgistics, where he held the positions of president, CEO and chairman of the board. Newgistics provides reverse-logistics services (see related story).

"Gabe will lead Albertsons to new levels of supply chain excellence, which is critical to our ability to grow sales and market share," said Peter Lynch. "He is a dynamic, innovative and visionary leader who has the ability to develop strategies and systems that best meet customer demands."

Gabriel's career also includes senior leadership positions, primarily in the areas of supply chain, logistics and operations at Pepsi-Cola, American Hospital Supply and Corporate Express. He formerly was a U.S. Army officer, serving in the 101st Airborne Division and is a graduate from the U.S. Army Rangers.

Albertsons is one of the world's largest food and drug retailers, with annual revenues of approximately $38 billion, more than 200,000 employees and about 2,300 retail stores in 31 states across the United States.