Calgary Co-op appoints new Chief Executive Officer

CALGARY, Sept. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - The Board of Directors of Calgary Co-operative Association Limited announced today the appointment of Mr. Ken Keelor as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Keelor will assume the responsibilities of CEO November 3, 2014.

"Mr. Keelor was selected for his understanding of the retail food sector and experience in the industry which spans 24 years across merchandising and marketing through to private label procurement and global sourcing," says Laura Sullivan, Board Chair. "We are pleased that Mr. Keelor will be carrying on the tradition of the Co-op values, our mission and vision, while building upon our current strategy to ensure we meet the changing demands of the marketplace."

Mr. Keelor joins Calgary Co-op most recently from Sobeys where he was Vice President, National Procurement. His background also includes positions at Procter & Gamble and Overwaitea Food Group.

Owned by its members, Calgary Co-op is one of the largest retail co-operatives in North America. With over 440,000 members, 3,500 employees, assets of $457 million and annual sales over $1.1 billion, Calgary Co-op is committed to lead in food, petroleum, home health care, pharmacy, travel and wine, spirits and beer. Calgary Co-op supports numerous not-for-profit and charitable organizations in Calgary (through the Co-op Community Foundation) by investing over $4 million into the local community each year. For more information please visit www.calgarycoop.com.

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SOURCE: Calgary Co-Operative Association Limited (Calgary Co-op)

For further information: Karen Allan, Communication Manager, Calgary Co-operative Association Limited, 403-219-6025, ext. 6105

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