LOS ANGELES — The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California here said Jim Lee, retired president and chief operating officer of Stater Bros. Markets, will join the faculty of the Food Industry Management Program.

Jim LeeLee will work with Bob Hermanns, director of the program, to co-facilitate the planning, leadership and organizational priorities curriculum for the Class of 2014. Lee succeeds Mike Proulx, a former executive with Bashas', who left the USC program at the end of the FIM course in April after four years.


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Lee, who holds an MBA from USC Marshall and is a graduate of the Food Industry Management program, has more than 40 years of experience in the industry. He started as a clerk's helper with Ralphs Grocery Co. in 1972 and worked his way up to group vice president of the chain's central division; from 1996 to 2001 he was president and chief operating officer of Wild Oats Market, and in 2006 he joined San Bernardino, Calif.-based Stater as group senior vice president, retail operations. He was promoted to president and COO in 2006 and retired earlier this year.

According to Hermanns, "Jim Lee brings a wealth of professional experience that will greatly benefit our FIM program students. As an alumnus, he also demonstrates the effectiveness of the education we provide." The Western Association of Food Chains is a co-sponsor of the USC Food Industry Management program.

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