Sobeys head Marc Poulin to lead Empire Co as Paul Sobey announces

TORONTO — Empire Co. Ltd., the Nova Scotia-based conglomerate that owns Sobeys, has plucked its new leader from the supermarket chain. The company says Sobeys president and CEO Marc Poulin will become head of operations later this year, as Paul Sobey plans to retire.Poulin has worked for the company for more than 16 years and was head of the company’s Quebec operations for 11 years.Sobey, whose great-grandfather opened a butcher shop that would eventually become one of Canada’s largest grocery businesses, has held various positions at Empire for 32 years.Earlier this year he played a key role in securing a deal to take over of 213 Canadian Safeway stores.The company says Sobey will remain a director after he retires on Dec. 11.

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