Emile R. Breaux will become president and CEO of Associated Grocers on June 1, completing a management transition that started more than a year ago.
At the end of Associated Grocers’ current fiscal year, Breaux will take over from J.H. “Jay” Campbell Jr., who has been president and CEO since February 1995. Campbell will remain with Associated Grocers as its executive chairman and member of the company’s board of directors.
In February 2014, Associated Grocers announced a succession plan that designated Breaux as Campbell’s replacement. Breaux, 51, who has an MBA from the University of New Orleans, has been with Associated Grocers since June 1994 and held a variety of positions, including in information services, procurement, marketing and sales.
Before being designated as Campbell’s successor, Breaux was executive vice president of retail operations. He primarily aided the more than 220 independent grocery stores that AG supplies in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas with everything from helping develop new locations to ongoing strategic support to merchandising.
Campbell, 63, has been with Associated Grocers since January 1972.
Associated Grocers has annual sales of more than $690 million and more than 660 employees. Among the stores it supplies are Robert Fresh Market and Breaux Mart in New Orleans, and Calandro’s and Hi-Nabor in Baton Rouge.