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Encore Associates, Inc. (EAI) Announces Linda Nordgren as President & CEO

By Business Wire News   


Encore Associates, Inc.’s (EAI), Gary Smith, announced today that Linda Nordgren has been appointed President & CEO, effective October 1, 2015. Linda will succeed Gary Smith, the company’s current CEO, who will remain with Encore Associates, Inc as Chairman of the Board.

Linda comes to EAI with over 28 years of retail and consumer packaged goods (CPG) experience. She was most recently a Vice President and General Manager at Safeway and has spent her career in the CPG and retail space as an executive in sales, marketing, supply chain, mergers & acquisitions, global sourcing and product development. Linda will build upon Encore’s strong marketplace position to lead the company into the next phase of growth.

Smith said, “It is with much pride and excitement I invite the vast worldwide community of retailers and CPG companies to join me in welcoming Linda to Encore Associates. We are proud of Linda and the broad and varied industry accomplishments she brings to the leadership of EAI; we are excited for the bright future Linda and her associates will continue to bring to this 14 year old CPG and Retail advisory business.”

“I am honored by this appointment and have always recognized Encore Associates as an industry thought leader and collaborative company that drives business success,” said Linda Nordgren. “I look forward to working with the Board of Directors and the team of passionate associates to leverage the Encore foundation and pursue innovative growth initiatives to partner with CPG companies and continuously add value to drive profitable growth.”

Linda has been with Safeway for 28 years, most recently as VP and GM of Home Care and General Merchandise business units. She created the Supply Chain Organization and led Safeway’s growth through acquisitions throughout the 1990s. She spent several years on the Operating Board of the Worldwide Retail Exchange leading Marketing and Communications committee of 60 + Global retailers. She is a 2014 Top Women in Grocery Honoree and 2015 Women of Influence Honoree. She is a Northern California board member of the Network of Executive Women (NEW) and leads the College Outreach committee attracting business students to the CPG and retail industry. Linda is a graduate of St. Mary’s College with a BA in Integral Liberal Arts.


Encore Associates, Inc. (EAI), is a leading full service strategic advisory firm, sales, marketing, and solutions provider to the national food and consumer goods industry. EAI is proud to represent clients that are well known in the retail and consumer package goods areas. Encore’s office is in San Ramon, CA.

Encore Associates, Inc.
Denise Ratkovec, 925-837-6933


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