Randy Skoda Named President, CEO of Topco

The Board of Directors of Topco Associates LLC announced today that it unanimously approved the appointment of Randall J. “Randy” Skoda as the company’s President and CEO. Skoda, 49, has served as Interim President and CEO since December of last year. “Speaking on behalf of the board, we are excited about the leadership and experience Randy brings to his new role,” said Steve Smith, Topco’s Chairman and K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. President and CEO. “Given the economic realities facing consumers and the grocery industry, the strategic importance of Topco to its food-industry member-owners has never been greater. Randy’s extensive knowledge of Topco and the grocery industry will help drive more value for each of Topco’s 51 members as well as take this great organization to the next level.” Skoda has been a key member of Topco’s management team for more than 10 years, holding a number of roles with increasing responsibility. Prior to being named the Interim President and CEO in December, Skoda served as Executive Vice President for more than four years. In that role, he oversaw Topco’s program management, product and brand development, innovation and not-for-resale groups. Skoda has also served as a member on the NuVal LLC Board of Directors since the company’s inception in 2008.

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Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.