FORT LEE, Va., 2015-5-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hector Granado is the new DeCA East Area director, taking the reins of DeCA’s top area in terms of sales effective May 31.
“With his wealth of experience and personal accomplishments both in the field and at headquarters, Hector brings a level of expertise and leadership qualities that will ensure the continued success of the East Area,” said Keith Hagenbuch, executive director of DeCA’s Store Operations Group.
Granado fills the vacancy created when Herb Winchester took over as DeCA’s Zone 1 manager earlier this month. As East Area director, Granado has oversight of 49 commissaries divided into six zones in 14 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The area’s annual sales exceed $1.4 billion.
Granado recently returned to DeCA Headquarters to be a category manager in the Sales and Policy Group’s sales division. He had spent two and a half years as DeCA’s Zone 6 manager, overseeing the operations and business processes of 10 commissaries in central Texas with combined annual sales exceeding $215 million.
Previous headquarters assignments include chief of DeCA store operations, chief of management and administration for DeCA store operations and chief of standardization and chief of workforce of the future. His career is highlighted by more than 18 years of store director experience at commissaries at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida; Vogelweh, Germany, and Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
An Air Force veteran, Granado had held assignments in the Air Force Commissary Service during his military service, and began his civilian career in 1987 as a management intern with the AFCOMS.
About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.
Kevin L. Robinson
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