KEASBEY, N.J. — Wakefern Food Corp. said Friday that Natan Tabak, the company’s longtime chief information officer and senior vice president, has retired.


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Tabak joined Wakefern in 1981, as a management trainee.  His 32-year career was marked by numerous accomplishments that have helped the supermarket cooperative realize steady growth and success.

“Throughout my 37-year career here at Wakefern, I have seen many people make their mark on our company.  While Natan’s contributions are his lasting legacy, it is his boldness, fierce honesty and vivacity that will be missed,” Joe Sheridan, Wakefern’s president and chief operating officer, said. “There is no doubt that Natan has kept our organization on its toes and in a constant pursuit of excellence. He is the embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit that drives all of us to win each and every day.”

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Early in his career Tabak worked in Wakefern’s produce division as a financial and operations manager before progressing to positions in direct store delivery and commercial bake, among others.  In 1991, he became CIO, a newly created position at Wakefern, and in 1994 he was promoted to SVP, working with Wakefern’s information technology, finance, insurance and government relations departments.  Most recently, he oversaw e-commerce and digital innovation and wholesale departments in addition to his IT responsibilities.

At Wakefern’s Annual Meeting last month, Tabak was presented with Wakefern’s Chairman’s Award, recognizing individuals for their commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship and cooperation.

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