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Five CROSSMARK Leaders Named to Progressive
Grocer’s 2016 Top Women in Grocery List

PLANO, TX – June 15, 2016 – CROSSMARK’s Beth Faught, Katherine Fuller, Sheila Gamble, Natalie Runyan and Kari Sims have been named to Progressive Grocer’s 2016 “Top Women in Grocery” listing for their outstanding efforts as retail leaders, their community involvement, and their success in the supermarket industry. Progressive Grocer is a leading grocery industry trade magazine.

Progressive Grocer’s “Top Women in Grocery” is the industry’s leading awards program that recognizes the outstanding contributions of female leaders in the retail food industry. Candidates are nominated for one of three award categories – Senior-Level Executives, Rising Stars and Store Managers – which represent all levels in the industry within both the retailer and supplier communities.

Beth Faught, Natalie Runyan and Kari Sims were nominated as Rising Stars. Faught is Division Manager at CROSSMARK and manages a national retail team of more than 600 sales and marketing specialists representing the Hill’s Pet Nutrition brands. Over the past year, Faught has created innovative solutions to deliver business results and sales growth for her client, executing more than 100,000 in-store events in pet specialty retailers across the nation, engaging 1.5 million pet shoppers around the Hill’s Pet Nutrition brands.

Runyan is Director at CROSSMARK, responsible for the implementation and development of the company’s Net Promoter Program (NPP). In this capacity, she directly connects with CROSSMARK’s entire customer and client base, working closely with the teams that own these relationships to assess performance that leads to targeted improvement. Through her detailed analysis of the NPP data, she helps to remove barriers and deepen relationships with current clients.

Sims is Director Retail Operations at CROSSMARK, leading the company’s 70-person retail team that drives in-store activity and execution for Kimberly-Clark. Prior to moving into this role, Sims supported multiple clients in 2015 as Director of Client Services on the Field Intelligence Team, achieving top revenue goals and on-boarding a dozen new clients during the year. She also led several important client initiatives that improved performance and financial metrics.

Katherine Fuller and Sheila Gamble were nominated as Senior Level Executives. Fuller is Vice President/Managing Director at CROSSMARK and manages the syndicated and Field Intelligence Team client engagement groups, representing a client portfolio of more than $100 million. In this role, she is accountable for developing and sustaining deep relationships with each of her clients. While her primary focus is client engagement, she also drives multiple initiatives across CROSSMARK to enhance both client and operational wins.

Gamble is Senior Vice President of Client Development at CROSSMARK, overseeing more than 150 individuals in the Client Services group who manage consumer goods clients across the U.S. Combined, these corporate clients generate more than $300 billion in annual industry retail sales. During 2015, Gamble led a major change in the company’s go-to client strategy, which has successfully positioned CROSSMARK for future growth.

“We are proud of these women’s inclusion in the 2016 Top Women in Grocery listing,” said Steve Schuckenbrock, CROSSMARK CEO. “They are dedicated team players with a deep understanding of the food and retail industries. They work tirelessly every day to ensure CROSSMARK’s customers and clients get the best experience possible, and it’s nice to see their hard work recognized by an industry leading trade magazine.”

Winners will be formally honored at a gala awards celebration, where finalists are individually recognized with an engraved award before a crowd of industry luminaries, colleagues and invited guests from across the country.

About CROSSMARK
CROSSMARK is a leading sales and marketing services company that provides growth solutions for consumer-branded suppliers and retailers. For more than 100 years, CROSSMARK has helped the world’s most powerful brands achieve their business objectives across major classes of trade. Expertise includes Headquarter Sales, Retail Merchandising, Retailer Solutions, Shopper and Consumer Engagement, In-Store Events, Experiential Marketing, Shopper Marketing, In-Store Data Collection & Field Intelligence, and Analytics & Insights.

CROSSMARK is majority owned by Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, CROSSMARK employs over 40,000 people throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

Media contacts:
CROSSMARK
Eileen Weber
214-557-1160
Eileen.Weber@crossmark.com

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