Giorgio Matteo Tarditi Named New UNFI’s President and CFO

United Natural Foods (UNFI) has appointed Giorgio “Matteo” Tarditi as President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective April 15. He succeeds John W. Howard, UNFI’s current CFO, who will leave the company following a transition period.

Tarditi began his career with GE in 1997, and over the course of his more than 26 years at the company, he served as CFO for seven business units.

Sandy Douglas, CEO and President of UNFI, praised Tarditi for his extensive experience at GE, highlighting his successful track record in driving operational excellence and efficiency in various business units.

“His deep financial expertise and knowledge of these businesses enabled him to successfully drive operational excellence, efficiency, and increased productivity in complex transformations and M&A integrations. A certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, he also led the development and implementation of processes that have increased forecast accuracy, accountability, and continuous improvement. We are pleased to welcome Matteo to our team and look forward to his contributions,” Douglas emphasized.

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In his new role, Tarditi will oversee corporate finance, treasury, strategy, financial planning and analysis, tax, accounting, investor relations, risk management, and shared services.

“I am thrilled to join UNFI’s talented team, renowned for its customer-centric and collaborative culture,” said Tarditi.

The new CFO expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunity to contribute to the mission of feeding families across North America and to support the company’s customer- and supplier-driven strategy and transformation plan. “I look forward to leading the finance organization and partnering with the people who make UNFI the market leader and a company that delivers profitable growth and value creation for shareholders.”

A frequent speaker on global leadership, turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions, and talent motivation, Tarditi holds a Master of Science degree in Finance and Business Administration from Universita Bocconi in Milan, Italy. Douglas also expressed gratitude for John Howard’s leadership and dedication during his years of service. He mentioned Howard’s critical role in integrating after the SUPERVALU acquisition and guiding UNFI through the pandemic.