MONTVALE, N.J. — Andreas Guldin, who played an “instrumental role” in A&P's recently announced agreement to buy Pathmark Stores, has been named to A&P's board of directors and also to a new position as executive managing director, strategy and corporate development, A&P here said last week. Guldin is an executive and co-chief financial officer of Tengelmann Group, A&P's largest shareholder. Before joining Tengelmann in 2005, Guldin was chief financial officer of E. Breuninger, a department store chain in Germany. “We are delighted to welcome Andreas to both our board and our company,” Christian Haub, A&P's executive chairman, said in a statement. “His expertise and counsel have been invaluable to A&P's strategic development, as recently exemplified by his instrumental role in our pending acquisition of Pathmark.”
PASADENA, Calif. — The Western Association of Food Chains here has named Carole Christianson to succeed Ed Hill as executive vice president, effective last week. Hill, who has headed WAFC for about 10 years since he retired from Abco Markets, will continue to serve as a professor in the Food Industry Management program at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. Christianson — the first woman to head WAFC in its 106-year history — was an executive with Coca-Cola until 2003, when she established her own company, Christianson West. WAFC is a nonprofit educational organization comprising retailers and wholesalers in the 14 Western states.
SAN FRANCISCO — Perry Odak, the former chief executive officer of Wild Oats Markets, was named an operating partner at Genstar Capital here, a private equity firm focusing on investments in technology, life sciences and health care. Odak served as Wild Oats CEO from 2001 until late last year and is also a former CEO of Ben & Jerry's. “I look forward to providing my years of experience in the consumer products sector and working with Genstar and their management teams to create healthier, growing businesses,” Odak said in a statement.