Stater Bros. elevates Ciraulo to VP of meat division

Stater Bros. Markets, has promoted John Ciraulo to the position of VP of the meat division. He replaces Kevin Schubert, who will retire in March after 39 years of service.  

Ciraulo has been at Stater Bros. for 28 years and has progressed through a range of both retail and marketing positions. In his new position, he will oversee the marketing and retail operations of the company's meat and seafood divisions.

Ciraulo will report to EVP of marketing Dennis McIntyre.

Ciraulo first joined Stater Bros. in 1986 as a meat clerk at the company's South Fontana location. He was promoted in 1988 to an apprentice meat cutter at the company's Highland/Muscupiabe location in San Bernardino and in 1990 was promoted to a meat department manager at the company's South Rialto supermarket.

Ciraulo was promoted to retail meat supervisor in 1999.  In 2007, he was promoted to buyer/merchandiser in the marketing department, and later that year John became a meat buyer in the marketing/meat division. In 2010, John was promoted to director marketing meat division, his most recent position.  

John earned a vocational teaching credential from California State University, San Bernardino in 2001 and is an instructor for the Stater Bros. Meat Cutting Apprentice Program. He is a 2006 graduate of both the WAFC Retail Management Program at San Bernardino Valley College and University of Southern California (USC) Food Industry Management Program. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business management from University of Phoenix and a master of arts degree in business management from University of Redlands. Most recently, John completed the credential program for Certified Food Safety Professionals from National Environmental Health Association.

"John is a well-respected and valuable member of our management team," said chairman and CEO Jack H. Brown. "This promotion is a result of his leadership skills and the contributions that he has made toward the success of the company's meat division."

Stater Bros. is the largest privately owned supermarket chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2013 of $3.9 billion. The company currently operates 167 Supermarkets.