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Core-Mark announces leadership promotions

Core-Mark Holding Company, one of the largest marketers of fresh, food and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced two appointments to the executive team, effective immediately.

Linkedin: Chris Hobson

Linkedin: Chris Hobson

Chris Hobson is now EVP & COO. According to a statement, Hobson is “a well-regarded industry leader in driving growth and distribution centre excellence with over 20 years of Core-Mark experience.” He most recently served as SVP for the company’s Eastern Divisions and previously served as SVP of Western Divisions, as well as SVP of sales & marketing and in other key roles focused on growth and operational excellence. Earlier in his career, Hobson held progressing leadership roles with  7-Eleven.

Linkedin: Andy Newkirk

Linkedin: Andy Newkirk

Andy Newkirk joins Core-Mark’s executive ranks in his promotion to SVP of operations and will report to Hobson. Prior to this role, Newkirk served as VP of Operations for four years. Earlier in his career, he held various senior leadership roles at Sysco Corporation and Kellogg Company, providing him with an extensive background in complex supply chain operations.

“The promotion of Chris and Andy into top operational roles recognizes two incredible leaders in the Company for their contributions to our success and positions them to drive greater contributions to our growth and operational performance,” said Scott McPherson, Core-Mark president and CEO. “As we continue to position Core-Mark for the future, these changes provide the company a solid foundation to achieve our 2021 objectives and drive future performance.”

The company said the appointments make it a unified Division Leadership Organization, while streamlining the executive reporting structure. Founded in 1888, Core-Mark offers a full range of products, marketing programs and technology solutions to approximately 41,000 customer locations in the U.S. and Canada through 32 distribution centres (excluding two distribution facilities the Company operates as a third-party logistics provider).


Core-Mark appoints new board member

0Core-Mark Holding Company, one of the largest marketers of fresh, food and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, has appointed Diane Randolph to its Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled to have Diane join our Board,” Randolph I. Thornton, chairman of the board of Core-Mark, said in a release. “She brings tremendous knowledge and experience on retail specific technology innovation and a proven record of successful execution as the chief information officer of Ulta Beauty. Ulta Beauty has been at the forefront of retail innovation harnessing digital technology solutions to modernize the customer experience.”

Randolph has been with Ulta Beauty since October 2014. Prior to Ulta, she was vice-president and chief information officer of Reitmans Canada, where she worked from 2005 through September 2014. Prior to Reitmans, she served in roles of increasing responsibility in software development and implementation for STS Systems (now Aptos).


Core-Mark to open innovation hub in the U.S.

core-mark-logo500x400Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. is moving ahead with the construction of its U.S.-based “Center of Excellence,” which is designed to deliver an immersive experience, allowing retail leaders and vendors to gain real-time insights into emerging trends and opportunities.

Construction started September 26th and Core-Mark will showcase a virtual tour at the 2019 NACS Show, held this week in Atlanta.

“The opening of Core-Mark’s Center of Excellence marks our steadfast dedication to driving innovation within the convenience retail industry,” said Core-Mark Senior Vice President of Marketing Chris Murray. “We have created an environment that combines forward-looking consumer trends with real-time data so we can align with our customers and inform the future of convenience today.”

The centre, which is slated to open in 2020, will feature five hubs:

  • Collaboration Hub — A customized experience to align Core-Mark and customers on joint strategies and business goals.
  • Culinary Test Kitchen — A test kitchen to develop new menu items, test new equipment and create the next breakthrough in the culinary shopper experience.
  • Modern Retail Experience — Virtual product placement and store layout using the latest software tools to facilitate visualization while leveraging data to create the optimal shopping experience.
  • Insights and Data Center — Leveraging leading-edge data analytics tools to capture meaningful and actionable insights from data.
  • People Training Facility — An educational lab to share insights, train sales teams and learn from thought leaders.

Based in Westlake, Texas, Core-Mark offers a full range of products, marketing programs and technology solutions to more than 44,000 customer locations in the United States and Canada through 32 primary distribution centres, excluding two distribution facilities the company operates as a third-party logistics provider.

Originally published at Convenience Store News