Chris Smith Named President of McLane Grocery

Supply chain services company McLane announced the appointment of Chris Smith as President of McLane Grocery, a $33 billion business unit providing supply chain solutions to over 70,000 retailer locations.

McLane Company, Inc. is one of the largest supply chain services leaders in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores, and chain restaurants.

“I am thrilled to join the McLane team and for the new and exciting opportunities ahead,” stated Smith. “McLane has a long history, a great reputation, and is a trusted supply chain services leader. I look forward to contributing to its near-term and long-term success.”

Before joining McLane Company, Smith worked at Walgreens Boots Alliance, a global leader in retail pharmacy, as the Senior Vice President – Chief Supply Chain Officer. He oversaw supply chain functions for 9,200 U.S.- based Walgreen stores through 16 distribution centers and 9,000 warehouse employees.

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He also served as Executive Vice President – Chief Supply Chain Officer at C&S Wholesale, the nation’s largest grocery wholesaler. Smith also held senior leadership positions in distribution and logistics with McKesson Corporation, a Texas-based leader in healthcare.

“We are very pleased to have Chris join our team,” said McLane Company CEO Tony Frankenberger. “He brings a wealth of supply chain and logistics leadership experience across diverse industries that will contribute to many areas of our business.”

Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and serves on Phillips Pet Food & Supplies board.

Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, the company operates over 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets.

The company buys, sells, and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the U.S. McLane is a wholly-owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and employs approximately 24,000 teammates.