Centerplate Appoints President & CEO of Sam’s Club to Its Board
STAMFORD, Conn., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ — Centerplate, the leading hospitality provider to North America’s premier convention centers, sports stadiums and entertainment venues, today announced the appointment of Brian Cornell to its Board of Directors.
“This is an exciting development for Centerplate. Brian’s leadership experience will serve to enhance the company’s current momentum at the Board level,” said Des Hague, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Centerplate. “Brian has worked with several of the most recognized global brands and brings invaluable foodservice and retail insights that will further strengthen our relevance in the marketplace.”
Cornell is the president and CEO of Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., where he is also an executive vice president of the company. He joined Sam’s Club, the company’s members-only warehouse operating segment serving the needs of individual and small business members, in 2009. Prior to joining Sam’s Club, Cornell worked for Michaels Stores, Inc., the largest specialty retailer of arts and crafts in North America, where he held the position of CEO. In addition to his leadership at Sam’s Club and Michaels Stores, Inc., Cornell held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Safeway and had responsibility for Safeway’s marketing, merchandising, manufacturing, distribution operations as well as the company’s on-line home delivery business. He has also held senior management positions at PepsiCo, including president of Pepsi-Cola North America’s Food Services Division and president of Tropicana International.
Cornell has served on the boards of directors for Home Depot, Office Max and Kirin-Tropicana Inc.; he was also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Culinary Institute of America.
The announcement of Cornell to Centerplate’s Board of Directors comes on the heels of other recent Centerplate news, including being selected as the hospitality partner to the Cobo Convention Center in Detroit, Michigan, and the new Niagara Convention and Civic Centre in Niagara Falls, Canada.
Centerplate crafts and delivers “Craveable Experiences. Raveable Results.” in 250 prominent sports, entertainment and convention venues across North America. Centerplate has provided services to 12 Super Bowls, 20 World Series, key events for the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, Art Basel Miami Beach, 15 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls and the Guinness-certified largest plated dinner in history at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Celebration. Visit the company online at www.centerplate.com.