Topco announces management appointments

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, ILL., 2016-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topco Associates, LLC announced the appointment of two officers. Anjani Bhargava has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Danell O’Neill has been promoted to Vice President, Corporate Communications.

As Topco’s CHRO, Bhargava will have overall responsibility for the company’s Human Resources function, which includes developing and implementing Topco’s human capital strategy through comprehensive initiatives and programs. Bhargava will report directly to Topco’s President and CEO, Randy Skoda. “The most valuable part of Topco is our people. Moving our business forward begins with this intellectual capital, and Anjani brings thought leadership, a collaborative style and a hands-on approach to achieving results through people and processes,” Skoda said. “I look forward to Anjani’s leadership across our Human Resources initiatives as we continue to develop a world-class human capital strategy that further advances Topco’s mission of helping drive value for our membership.”

Bhargava comes to Topco with extensive experience working with senior executives on leadership effectiveness, talent management, organization design and building strategic human resources functions at companies such as Best Buy, Biogen, Con Agra, CDW, McDonalds and Xerox. Prior to her consulting work, Bhargava held a key leadership position at Lenovo where she led the Global Organization Development, Talent Management, Culture and Human Resources M&A functions. She also held senior Human Resources roles at Pepsi and Motorola. Bhargava has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside and her advanced training in Organizational Psychology from Northern Illinois University.

In the newly created role of Vice President, Corporate Communications, Danell O’Neill will continue to manage messaging that promotes and enhances Topco’s brand reputation for all stakeholders across all channels. A key pillar of this role will include the development and implementation of an integrated strategic communications plan that is aligned to the organization’s strategic planning process. This plan will advance the company’s brand identity, broaden awareness of its programs and priorities, and increase the visibility of its programs across key stakeholder audiences. “Under Danell’s leadership, the role of communications within Topco has become an invaluable asset that has helped to advance our position with relevant constituents, driving broader awareness, understanding and support for the organization. The need for strong communications remains critical as Topco continues to evolve its work with the membership,” said Skoda.

O’Neil joined Topco in 2013 after leading Topco’s Corporate Communications functions as a consultant for more than a year. Prior to joining Topco, O’Neill was a managing partner of a consulting company. She also held communications roles at Honeywell, Accenture and The Nielsen Company where she was Vice President of Corporate Communications.

Topco Associates LLC is a $15.3 billion, privately held company that provides aggregation, innovation and knowledge management solutions for its leading food industry member-owners and customers, including grocery retailers, wholesalers and food service suppliers. Topco leverages the collective volume, knowledge and commitment of these companies to create a competitive advantage in the marketplace by reducing costs and offering winning business building capabilities. For more information, please visit

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Source: Topco