Sprouts Management Team

 
Chief Executive Officer

Amin Maredia

Chief Executive Officer

Amin Maredia is chief executive officer and serves on our board of directors. As chief executive officer, he serves as the steward of one of the largest natural and organic retailers in the country, and champion of our passion: to inspire, educate, and empower every person to eat healthier and live a better life. Amin served as Sprouts' chief financial officer from August 2011 to August 2015.

Prior to joining Sprouts, Amin served in key strategic and finance roles for Burger King Corporation, one of the world's largest fast-food retailers, including vice president of North America and Latin America finance and vice president of strategic planning and treasurer. Before joining Burger King, Amin served as assistant treasurer and controller for Dynegy, Inc., an energy producer and wholesaler.

By emphasizing strategic investment and financial discipline, he has deftly managed global Fortune 100 and private equity-backed companies through difficult periods, including the economic downturn. He also has significant mergers and acquisitions experience.

President & Chief Operating Officer

Jim Nielsen

President & Chief Operating Officer

Jim Nielsen, our president and chief operating officer, is responsible for Sprouts' operations, sales, merchandising, supply chain, pricing and data integrity departments. He was named president in August 2015 and has served as chief operating officer since the 2011 merger of Sprouts and Henry's Farmers Market.

Jim served as president, vice president and general manager of Henry's Farmer Market from 2006 to 2011. From 2002 to 2006, Jim also served in roles of increasing responsibility at Wild Oats Marketplace, including director of operations, director of non-perishables, and director of merchandising.

Jim began his career at Smith's Food and Drug in 1986 and held positions such as Store Director and Senior Merchandising Manager before leaving in 2002.

He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Weber State University.

 

Chief Financial Officer

Brad Lukow

Chief Financial Officer

Brad Lukow has served as our chief financial officer since March 2016. In his role, he oversees the company's finance organization, including investor relations, treasury, controller functions and taxes.

Brad comes to Sprouts with deep financial experience in the consumer retail sector. Prior to joining our company, Brad served as chief financial officer for 99 Cents Only Stores. He also spent 20 years in roles of increasing responsibility at Shoppers Drug Mart, Canada’s leading drug store retailer with more than 1,300 locations. Most notably, he served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for six years. In that position, in addition to finance, treasury and investor relations, he also oversaw the strategy and acquisitions, real estate development and information technology functions.

Brad is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has his B.A. in Honors Business Administration from Western University.

 

Chief Information Officer

Daniel J. Bruni

Chief Information Officer

Daniel J. Bruni has served as our chief information officer since February, 2015. Bruni is responsible for spearheading all information technology efforts to support company objectives.

Prior to joining Sprouts, Dan held the position of vice president, information technology for Dollar General Corporation. Dan has also served as senior vice president & chief information officer at Harris Teeter, Corp.; a regional grocery chain, and as vice president & chief information officer at Brothers Gourmet Coffees.

With more than 25 years of information technology experience, Dan has also held leadership positions in manufacturing, financial services and fast food retail in organizations such as General Motors, Dun & Bradstreet and Burger King Corporation. Dan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in IT Executive Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Dan currently sits on the advisory committees for Information Builders, Inc., and 1010Data, both business intelligence and data warehousing organizations.

 

Chief Development Officer

Ted Frumkin

Chief Development Officer

Ted Frumkin has served as our chief development officer since early 2015. He joined the Sprouts team in December 2012 as our Senior Vice President of Business Development. In this role, he is responsible for new store expansion, real estate acquisition and disposition, construction and strategic relationships and partnerships.

Prior to joining our company, Ted served as vice president of real estate for Staples, Inc. Before that, he was vice president of real estate and construction for Rubio's Restaurants, Inc., a fast food retailer; director of real estate for Office Depot, Inc.; real estate manager for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; and real estate manager for Taco Bell.

Ted holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Florida International University, and a B.F.A. from Texas Christian University.

 

Chief Marketing Officer

Shawn Gensch

Chief Marketing Officer

Shawn Gensch, our chief marketing officer, leads Sprouts' marketing strategy, creative and production, designed to inspire and engage consumers and showcase the company's healthy products and great value. He serves as a member of the Sprouts Executive Leadership Team and reports directly to Amin Maredia, CEO. Shawn has more than 25 years' experience in marketing and finance with executive roles in both the retail and financial services industries.

Prior to joining Sprouts, Shawn served as co-founder and chief executive officer of a start-up consumer loyalty company. Earlier, Shawn served as Target's senior vice president of marketing, responsible for brand marketing, media, loyalty and public relations. He also served as president of Target Bank and led financial product development for the company. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer of Conseco Bank.

Shawn holds a B.S. in Accounting from Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is on the Board of Directors for GWG Holdings, Inc., Anser Innovation LLC., and Avenues for Homeless Youth.

 

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

Brandon Lombardi

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

Brandon Lombardi has served as our chief legal officer and corporate secretary since January 2012. Brandon has broad responsibilities for the operation of the company’s Human Resources, Legal, Business Protection and Safety, Licensing and Permitting, and Corporate Social Responsibility departments.

Prior to joining Sprouts, Brandon was a corporate and securities attorney at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP from 2002 to 2012. While in private practice, Brandon served as outside general counsel and corporate secretary to public and private companies in a wide range of industries, including food retail, specializing in corporate governance, securities and corporate law, and mergers and acquisitions. He led our April 2011 merger with Henry's Farmers Market while acting as our outside counsel.

Brandon holds a Juris Doctor from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and a B.S. in Global Business from Arizona State University.

Executive Vice President of Store Operations

Dan Sanders

Executive Vice President of Store Operations

Dan Sanders has served as our executive vice president of store operations since June 2015. In his role, Dan oversees store operations of our more than 200 locations in 13 states coast to coast.

Prior to joining Sprouts, Dan served as division president for SUPERVALU, leading store operations across various divisions including Albertsons Southern California and ACME Markets for three years. He also spent ten years with United Supermarkets of Texas, serving in various roles, including chief executive officer.

Dan is a military veteran and a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of two business books, Built to Serve and Equipped to Lead. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Food Marketing Institute and the Western Association of Food Chains.

Dan completed his undergraduate studies at Lubbock Christian University and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.

 
 
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