SCHENECTADY — Northeast Grocery Inc., the parent company of Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops Market, has named a new executive vice president and chief information officer.
Northeast Grocery announced Scott Kessler will spearhead the development and execution of the company’s technology roadmap to align with business goals. He will direct the IT functions of both companies, and work closely with all areas of the business to identify opportunities to leverage technology to improve efficiency.
“I’m excited to guide the integration to completion, and lead the strategic roadmap for technology solutions that enhance the way we engage with customers, optimize operations, and empower data-driven decision-making,” Kessler said in a statement. “Our commitment to harnessing digital and AI-powered solutions will unlock new possibilities, elevate customer satisfaction, and position us to deliver exceptional value while propelling us towards a future of unparalleled success.”.
Kessler will provide his leadership and expertise to both companies through Northeast Shared Services and report directly to Northeast Grocery’s CEO Frank Curci.
Kessler previously served as the executive vice president and chief information officer at BJ’s Wholesale Club, and he has held similar senior-level management roles at Belk, GSI Commerce and Accenture.
“We are thrilled that Scott is joining us as Executive Vice President and CIO,” Curci said in a statement.. “His knowledge and experience with leading both IT integrations and modernizations are unparalleled. More importantly, his ability to motivate and inspire teams to achieve sustainable results makes him the perfect fit for our leadership team.”
Kessler has a bachelor’s degree in business management, and a MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He volunteers as CIO and council chair for the National Retail Foundation. He and his family will soon be moving to New York from Hopkinton, Massachusetts.
Northeast Grocery Inc. collectively operates close to 300 supermarkets throughout New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, with over 30,000 employees.