Board of Director: Brian Audette
SUPERVALU — Senior Vice President, Independent Sales, Merchandising and Marketing
Brian Audette was named SVP, Independent Sales, Merchandising and Marketing in April of 2014. In this role, he is responsible for the overall strategy of SUPERVALU’s independent business Sales, Merchandising and Professional services functions. In addition, Military sales and operations along with SUPERVALU International report to him.
Brian held the position of president of CUB Foods from April 2012 to April 2014. In that position, he was responsible for the operations of the division office as well as the 67-store full-service retail and pharmacy chain that spreads across, and beyond, the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, including 23 franchise locations.
Brian began his career in the industry, working at Pick ‘N Save stores. He has worked in positions of increasing responsibility since he came to SUPERVALU as a buyer trainee in 1991. His primary leadership roles began three years later when he was promoted to mid-management within the Category Management function. During the mid-1990s, he worked at Cub, developing and implementing the division’s category management program. He became a regional director of Bakery/Deli at SUPERVALU in 1998, a role that was followed by regional directorship roles in Sales/Marketing and Grocery/Frozen Food/Dairy. He was named Group Vice President of independent sales, marketing and merchandising in March 2007 and became a SUPERVALU’s business transformation officer in 2010.
In addition to his responsibilities at SUPERVALU, Brian serves on the Board of Directors of Second Harvest Heartland and the Minnesota Growers Association. He also serves on an Advisory Board at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire’s School of Business.
Brian holds a master’s degree in marketing management from the University of St. Thomas and earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He and his wife, Kelly, live in Chanhassen with their two sons.