Shopper Marketing - May 2017 - 36
HALL OF FAME PROFILE | CHERYL WILLIAMS
Sitting, left to right: Mukesh Dang, infrastructure manager; Robert Stawinski, manager, IT business
Standing, left to right: Cheryl Williams, chief information officer; Sue Brown, services manager;
Michael Criscuolo, director, Web and client applications; Michael Hess, operations manager;
Chris McCrae, manager, retail logistics
I graduated and interviewed with Pathmark, and their enthusiasm was unbelievable. The minute I started there I fell in love
with the 24/7 nature of grocery. What I loved
about it was the fact that you can talk to your
neighbors and just about anybody about
the grocery business: "Hey, we just implemented this new system ... what do you
think? What would make your grocery shopping trip easier?" That's what hooked me.
But I moved on from Pathmark when the
company decided to outsource their technology to IBM. I served as their liaison to IBM.
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How long were you with Pathmark?
WILLIAMS: Twelve years. Listen, if Pathmark had not outsourced then I would
have stayed there. IBM is one of my favorite
vendors, but that organization was just a little too large for me.
So, in 1996 you joined Wakefern as
WILLIAMS: And I was then promoted to
director of applications development,
and went from having responsibility for re-