Highlights from Past Power 50s
The Consumer is ranked No. 1 on the inaugural list, and three Wal-Mart executives follow at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4.
Joe Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, makes his debut at No. 48 following the California strike/lockout.
Ron Burkle and Tim Carroll, financial power players, join the Power 50 list at No. 29 and No. 30, respectively.
Oprah Winfrey is recognized on this year’s list at No. 40 for her influence over consumers’ health and diet choices.
Global powerhouse Tesco comes to the U.S., and its former CEO, Sir Terry Leahy, is named No. 21 on the Power 50 list.
David Dillon of Kroger Co. rises to No. 1 on the list for the first time as the company proves itself during the economic downturn.
SN groups the Power 50 according to specific attributes, such as “turnaround artist” and “nutrition champion.”
First Lady Michelle Obama makes the Power 50 list at No. 5 as her role in seeking to influence nutrition and food access emerges.
The evolution of UNFI as a key industry-wide player in the natural- and specialty-products arenas puts CEO Steve Spinner at No. 20.