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Kum & Go Appoints Senior Vice President of ‘Grow People’

Promotion is latest in line of leadership changes
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DES MOINES, Iowa — As part of a lineup of new executives, Kum & Go LLC has appointed Matthew Spackman as senior vice president of its Grow People department, where he will lead the teams of talent acquisition, learning and development, business partner, total rewards, systems and payroll.

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Spackman has been with Kum & Go for five years, most recently as vice president of fuels. Prior to that, he was vice president of business intelligence and analytics. As vice president of fuels, Spackman was responsible for both retail and supply functions, as well as profit and loss responsibility. In business intelligence and analytics, he developed a modeling capability to predict market, promotional and store performance and established a voice of the customer feedback program.

Before joining Kum & Go, Spackman was vice president of customer insight and analytics for Aviva Plc.

“Any time we can, we like to promote from within. Matt is highly intelligent and a great culture fit; you believe in his ability to do just about anything,” said Tanner Krause, Kum & Go president. “Matt brings to the Grow People role a tremendous amount of compassion for our associates and will do great things for our people.”

Tanner Krause took the reins as president of Kum & Go in June 2018, succeeding his father, Kyle Krause, who has transitioned to the role of chairman and CEO. (CSP honored Kyle Krause as its 2018 Retail Leader of the Year.)

Kum and Go has added other new executives since then. In April, the company hired Erin Kuhl as chief financial officer. In January, it hired TJ Freeborn as chief marketing officer.

  • Kum & Go is No. 18 in the Top 40 update to CSP's 2018 Top 202 ranking of convenience-store chains by number of retail locations.

Based in Des Moines, Iowa, Kum & Go employs more than 5,000 associates in nearly 400 stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming).

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