After more than 45 years of service to Stater Bros. Markets, the company’s president and longtime food industry leader, George Frahm, announced his plans to retire at the end of October.
“I have been blessed to work at Stater Bros. for my entire career and have had the opportunity to advance from entry-level positions to company president,” stated Frahm. “I look forward to spending more time with my wife Debbi and traveling.”
Frahm’s extensive career with Stater Bros. Markets began in 1973 at the company’s Glendora location as a clerks helper and janitor. He progressed through a range of store level, retail supervision and executive management roles to include VP Labor Relations, evp Retail Operations & Administration, evp Administration & Distribution before being named president in 2018.
Industry veteran Greg McNiff will succeed Frahm as president of Stater Bros. Markets. In his new role, McNiff will report directly to Van Helden. To ensure a seamless transition, McNiff will officially join the Stater Bros. team of employees in the beginning of September to work closely with Frahm.
McNiff’s grocery career spans 38 years, working 27 years in the Southern California marketplace. His grocery career began 1981 as a courtesy clerk at a former Albertsons location in Cypress, Calif. He steadily worked his way up to several leadership and executive management roles across the organization before being named to Division President of the company’s Portland division, his most recent role. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from California Coast University and is a graduate of the USC Food Industry Executive Program.
“I have had the privilege of knowing George for many years through our affiliation in various food industry organizations and events,” said McNiff. “I have tremendous respect for George and his leadership style, and realize I have some huge shoes to fill. I look forward to joining the Stater Bros. team and returning to Southern California.”