John Bagan is the new chief executive of Gelson’s.
Bagan replaces Rob McDougall, who retired from the Encino-based grocery chain after 15 years.
This promotion marks the third one in two years for Bagan, who assumed the role of president in July.
As president and chief executive, Bagan will have greater responsibility for the company’s overall vision, business and growth strategy, and managing relationships with the board of directors and Pan Pacific International Holdings, the parent company of Gelson’s.
Bagan came to Gelson’s as chief merchandising officer in 2016 following high-level merchandising and supply-chain roles at Guitar Center in Westlake Village, Albertsons Companies Inc., and Target Corp., according to a release from the grocer.
McDougall joined Gelson’s in 2007 and rose to the chief executive role in 2014. He sought to place a greater emphasis on fresh foods, along with organic and local products. During his tenure, he grew the chain from 18 to 27 locations, including opening three locations in San Diego in 2016, the Gelson’s release said.