UNFI’s Griffin to retire, Testa to become president

PROVIDENCE – United Natural Foods Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sean F. Griffin will retire from his role effective Aug. 1, the company announced Monday.

“When I look back at my career with UNFI, I am most proud of driving the company’s mission forward and having the opportunity to work with, and learn from, so many talented people,” said Griffin in a statement. “It has been a great privilege to serve UNFI and I am now ready to retire with enthusiasm for the company’s future.”

Griffin is expected to remain engaged with the company as a strategic adviser, the company said. He is also expected to remain an employee of the company through Oct. 1.

“Sean’s eight years of outstanding service at UNFI have been invaluable; he played a critical role in the development and success of our company,” said Stephen L. Spinner, president and CEO of UNFI, in a statement. “He has been an amazing partner and mentor to many of our current leadership. In addition, he built a strong team that understands our business and can further drive our strategic plan and enable us to manage through operational challenges that come with our impressive growth. UNFI is better positioned for the future because of Sean’s contributions.”

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Related to Griffin’s exit, Christopher P. Testa, UNFI president, Atlantic region, will become UNFI president, a title currently held by Spinner. Testa will assume the role effective Aug. 1. He will oversee the company’s broadline natural, organic and specialty distribution business in the United States, select nutrition and e-commerce as well enterprise sales and service. He will also continue to oversee branding and communication for the company.

“I am delighted with Chris Testa’s appointment as president,” added Griffin.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.