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    AGNE Promotes 2

    Caldwell, Lyle shine in financial management roles

    By Bridget Goldschmidt, Stagnito Business Information

    Associated Grocers of New England (AGNE) promoted Cindy Caldwell to VP of finance and Chris Lyle to comptroller, effective March 30.

    "These promotions demonstrate AGNE's commitment to building and maintaining a strong and dynamic financial management team,” said Steve Murphy, SVP/treasurer and CFO at the Pembroke, N.H.-based wholesaler. “It’s especially gratifying to me that both of these women were promoted from within having each been with the Company for over 20 years. To me, that speaks volumes about opportunity and dedication.”

    Years of Dedication

    Caldwell joined AGNE's accounting group in 1988, shortly thereafter taking on the management of the accounting department, and eventually of credit and retail bookkeeping as well. During this time, she not only strengthened the financial reporting structure in budgeting, auditing, accounts payable and accounting, but also completed her master's degree in business administration. In her latest role, Caldwell adds the responsibility of loss prevention as a member of the senior management team.

    Chris Lyle joined the company in 1989 and worked her way up the ranks while earning an undergraduate degree in accounting. She became assistant controller in 2006 and has played a key role in ensuring that corporate accounting, payroll and accounts payable keep pace with the evolution of technology. Lyle is currently working toward her master's in business administration.

    Further, Caldwell and Lyle are heavily involved in the company’s community connection and activity committees, taking leadership roles in both groups.

    The largest retailer-owned, wholesale grocery distribution center in New England, AGNE serves independent retail grocers of every store size and format. The company recently revealed it would break ground on a 105,000-square-foot warehouse, which, when completed at the end of the year, will considerably increase the scope and speed of the products and services it offers to its clients.

    By Bridget Goldschmidt, Stagnito Business Information
    • About Bridget Goldschmidt In addition to serving as Progressive Grocer’s Managing Editor, Bridget writes many print and digital features encompassing a range of grocery and fresh categories across the store. Bridget also enjoys on-site reporting assignments at such key industry events as the New York Fancy Food Show and the International Boston Seafood Show, in addition to visiting stores for PG’s prestigious Store of the Month feature. In her years with the magazine, she has developed into a knowledgeable voice on grocery industry trends, sought by such distinguished publications as The New York Times.

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