Sam Duncan

President and CEO
SuperValu

Nearly two years after being hired to lead struggling SuperValu, Sam Duncan has proved to be the “cost-cutter-in-chief” he was expected to be—one of his first moves was to slash 600 Minnesota jobs as part of a selloff of five retail grocery chains. That downsizing quickly returned the company to the black after billions in losses and signaled a refocusing on its core wholesaling business. Challenges remain: SuperValu revealed two data breaches, and sales at most of its traditional grocery chains remain weak.