Campbell announces retirement from government service; Hurt named acting director of Store Operations Group
FORT LEE, Va. – Rogers E. Campbell, executive director of DeCA’s Store Operations Group and member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), will retire Jan. 31, announced Bill Moore, DeCA director and CEO.
DeCA will recruit his replacement in accordance with DOD policy pertaining to SES positions. Ronald K. Hurt, director of store support and deputy to the Store Operations Group executive director since June 2021, was named acting executive director of the Store Operations Group effective Jan. 31.
In his announcement, Moore thanked Campbell for his service.
“Rogers has decided to retire after a long and successful career, and we greatly appreciate his devoted service at DeCA,” Moore said. “In the face of many challenges, his leadership and experience enabled our stores to continue to provide a vital commissary benefit to our patrons.
“We wish him all the best as he starts the next chapter of his life.”
Campbell has served with the agency since 2010, with nearly three years leading the Store Operations Group.
As Store Operations executive director, Campbell directed more than 11,000 employees, and managed and directed tactical store support for DeCA’s nearly 240 commissaries. These stores are configured under five areas divided into 25 field zones in 46 states, 13 countries and two U.S. territories. He was also responsible for ensuring that continual quality of service is provided to commissary patrons while maintaining the agency’s mission integrity.
Before Store Operations, Campbell served as executive director of the Sales, Marketing and Policy Group from 2011 to 2019. In that position he oversaw directorates responsible for the agency’s nearly $5 billion in sales, marketing, policy, health and safety, ecommerce and business development.
Campbell entered federal government service in March 2010 with an appointment as director of the agency’s former East Region, after having worked for more than 30 years in the private sector in a career associated with marketing various consumer goods.
A former captain in the U.S. Army, Campbell’s career has taken him from commanding a tank platoon to leading the marketing, sales planning and merchandising of the new car sales programs for both the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) and the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM). As vice president and chief marketing officer of Overseas Military Sales Corporation, he directed marketing efforts on 120 military installations in 30 countries and aboard U.S. Navy ships through NEXCOM’s Ships Store program.
His career highlights include: managing partner of Marketcorp International, a brand strategy consultancy; senior director of marketing for Nabisco Foods Group; and director of global new products for Schering-Plough Consumer Healthcare. He began his consumer-packaged goods career in brand management at General Mills.
Hurt, currently the deputy director, Store Operations and the Store Support director, will be the acting executive director until the replacement process is completed.
“Ron has exhibited tremendous leadership in several prior assignments, especially as zone manager of our ‘Bavaria’ Zone 31, where his 11 commissaries in Germany set marks for sales performance,” Moore said. “With his field experience, matched with his recent work as director of store support and the SO Group deputy, he understands what’s required to support our stores and lead them to best deliver the benefit.”
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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. Commissaries provide a military benefit, saving authorized patrons thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to similar products at commercial retailers. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. 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.