Stater Bros. Markets has appointed Pete Van Helden president and chief executive officer of the company, effective January 4, 2016.
Jack Brown has served Stater Bros. for the past 36 years as CEO and will become the executive chairman of the board of directors. Van Helden will continue to report to Brown.
Van Helden is a 38-year veteran of the supermarket industry and has served Stater Bros. as president and chief operating officer since 2013. Prior to joining the company, Van Helden was evp/retail operations for Supervalu.
Stater Bros., a privately owned supermarket chain in southern California, currently operates 168 supermarkets.