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SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Core-Mark Holding Co. is changing the roles of three members of its senior executive team. The moves are designed to increase the strategic focus of the organization, broaden the experience of its leadership and strengthen the company's ability to meet the needs of its customers, according to CEO J. Michael Walsh.
Scott E. McPherson was named senior vice president of corporate development, where he will focus his industry knowledge in pursuit of strategic opportunities. The company expects this new, dedicated position to be instrumental in expanding its convenience offering to more customers across North America. McPherson is a 17-year veteran of Core-Mark who has worked in a number of capacities of increasing responsibility. For the last six years, he has successfully led the U.S. Eastern Region, currently as its senior vice president, Core-Mark stated.
Christopher M. Murray will now be responsible for the U.S. Eastern Region as its new senior vice president. Most recently, Murray served with as senior vice president of marketing, where he was responsible for corporate purchasing, marketing and Core-Mark's strategic marketing initiatives. His 16 years of experience in the convenience retailing business, as well as his five years of sales and marketing experience at Core-Mark, should bring an exceptional customer-focused perspective to his new operational role, according to the company.
Christopher K. Hobson was promoted to corporate vice president of marketing where he will assume the responsibilities for the marketing group, including the strategic "Fresh" and "Vendor Consolidation Initiatives." Hobson joined Core-Mark in 2000 and most recently was president of its largest division. Prior to joining Core-Mark, he worked as a market manager for 7-Eleven. These combined experiences make him the ideal leader to take the marketing team and its initiatives to the next critical level, the company said.
"These individuals have the vision, experience, commitment and skill set highly suitable to these new roles. The board of directors, including myself, has high expectations that this realignment will enable Core-Mark to more effectively pursue its mission to be the most value-added marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience industry," Walsh said in a released statement.
Core-Mark provides distribution and logistics services, as well as marketing programs, to more than 24,000 retail locations in 50 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces through 26 distribution centers, two of which Core-Mark operates as third-party logistics providers. Core-Mark services traditional convenience store retailers, grocers, drug, liquor and specialty stores, and other stores that carry consumer packaged goods.
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