Dollar General Names Owen Chief Operating Officer

Dollar General has named Jeffery Owen chief operating officer with responsibility for store operations, merchandising and supply chain.

Owen, a Dollar General veteran with more than 25 years of retail experience, returned to the company in June 2015 to serve as evp/store operations overseeing nearly 16,000 stores throughout the 44 states in which Dollar General currently operates, as well as the real estate and new store development functions

In addition, Steven Sunderland will succeed Owen as evp/store operations, overseeing Dollar General’s stores, as well as the real estate and new store development functions. Sunderland joined Dollar General in 2014 as svp/store operations, overseeing stores predominately throughout the southern half of the country. Sunderland previously served as svp/retail operations for Office Depot and OfficeMax.

“This enhanced management structure positively positions Dollar General as we continue moving forward as a leader in our sector. Jeff and Steve’s leadership, insights and demonstrated performance will help support efforts to continue to capture growth opportunities, drive our short and long term strategic focus and best serve our customers,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “At Dollar General, investing in our employees as a competitive advantage by providing employees with growth and development opportunities is one of our core values and a cornerstone of our culture. I am confident Jeff and Steve are the right leaders for these positions, and I would like to congratulate them both on their new roles.”