Schnuck Markets, Inc
Robert Hardester Joins Schnucks as Chief Information Officer
ST. LOUIS – Robert (Bob) Hardester has been tapped to be the new chief information officer (CIO) at Schnuck Markets, Inc. reporting to Anthony Hucker, chief operating officer (COO). Bob will also serve on the senior management team that sets the direction for the company.
Hardester follows Mark Zimmerman who recently announced his intention to leave the company but agreed to stay on to help on board his successor. Hucker said, “We are very excited to have Bob on our team. His experience will further our efforts to be a world class IT organization with systems, tools and analytics that offer a greater understanding of what our customers want from Schnucks as we deliver on our mission of nourishing people’s lives.”
After graduating from Oakville High School in 1987, the St. Louis native went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from St. Louis University in 1991 and an MBA in finance in from Washington University in 1995.
Most recently Hardester served as vice president of corporate systems at Express Scripts in St. Louis where he was responsible for application development. Prior to that, he served as CIO both at Furniture Brands International in St. Louis and at General Electric in the Commercial Distribution Finance division in Chicago, Ill.
“The Schnucks executive team is interested in moving forward in ways that appeal to the individual customer rather than to the masses. That requires more analytics and more emphasis on consumer trends,” Hardester said. “Maintaining a secure IT environment is a top priority in today’s retail world, but Schnucks is a company that wants to do more with IT - leveraging segmentation, merchandising, mobile APPs, social networking and using what is learned to help deliver positive and exciting in-store experiences.”
Hardester and his wife, Jennifer, live in Olivette, Mo. with their two children.
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is celebrating 75 years of serving customers in 2014. The family-owned company operates 98 stores and 94 in-store pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. Follow Schnucks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Schnucks.