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Date : July 08, 2014

Debra Ogston Appointed New Chief People Officer at Schnucks

ST. LOUIS – Debra Ogston has been appointed as the new chief people officer (CPO) at Schnuck Markets, Inc. reporting to Anthony Hucker, chief operating officer (COO).  Debra will also serve on the senior management team that sets the direction for the company.

Ogston will transition into the roll formerly held by Rick Frede who announced plans to retire in the fall of 2015.  Formerly a vice president of Human Resources at Johnson Controls of Milwaukee, Wis., Ogston brings 23 years of experience into her duties of overseeing HR functions. Her responsibilities will include all aspects of HR including talent and leadership development within the organization of 15,000 teammates in stores, offices, warehouses and facilities across the Midwest.

“We are excited to have Debra on board as she brings a wealth of talent and experience that will help us leverage the talents of our greatest resources, our teammates, as we deliver on our mission to nourish people’s lives,” Hucker said.  “Debra has the world-class expertise we need to help set direction and bring a new perspective to how Schnucks identifies, recruits, trains and promotes world-class talent in service of our customers.”

Ogston holds a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and an MBA in industrial and labor relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Throughout her career she has drawn upon her business background to transform HR and drive results through people. 

While at Johnson Controls, Ogston was one of a cadre of vice presidents assigned to address HR needs across the organization of 170,000 people.  Ogston’s responsibilities then included managing teams engaged in streamlining processes and integrating HR systems in locations around the world.  Prior to that, she worked for food and beverage leaders including E. & J. Gallo Winery of California, Pepsi Bottling Group and Kraft Foods/Nabisco. 

Ogston observes, “Schnucks operates regionally but has a global supply chain so I feel that I am working for a global company.  By leveraging the organization’s capabilities to identify and build talent, we can ensure the best shopping experiences, be the best neighbors in the communities in which we do business and take care of teammates by maintaining fair pay and benefits and providing career development and advancement opportunities.”

“I am excited for the opportunity to be part of a ‘family’ that is so value-focused,” she said.  “When I heard Todd Schnuck talk of ‘nourishing people’s lives,’ the mission just completely resonated with me.  I can’t think of a better reason to get up in the morning and go to work.”

Ogston and her husband, Joseph Saker, have one daughter and are new residents of St. Charles, Mo.

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

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