Chairman and CEO | Kings Food Markets
Judy Spires is the Chairman and CEO of KB US Holdings, Inc., a Delaware-based investment firm that owns the Kings and Balducci’s banners. Spires has led an extensive growth effort for both brands anchored by the Three “B” Strategy – Build, Buy and Better.
Spires has spent her entire career in the supermarket industry. It was through her early introduction to the business, as a part-time cashier at ACME Markets while she was in high school and college, that she discovered her passion for the retail service industry.
During her 30-year tenure, she has earned positions of increasing importance in all facets of the business. Prior to KB Holding, Inc., Spires served as President of ACME Markets, after serving as President of Albertsons DFW Division and as President of Albertsons Rocky Mountain Division.
Spires is very active in the industry, as well as the community. In 2017, Judy Spires was the recipient of NJBIZ’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2016, Spires was named the 2016 Top Women in Grocery Trailblazer by Progressive Grocer magazine. Kings Food Markets was named the recipient of the 2016 Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) New Jersey Corporate Lifetime Achievement Award. Spires received the Gold Stevie Award, “Female Executive of the Year” for Consumer Services in 2012 and in 2011, Spires was inducted into the Network of Executive Women’s CPG Retail Diversity Hall of Fame. Spires was given the Outstanding Champion Award from the Network of Executive Women and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2010. Spires received the 2010 LaSalle University Leadership Award and in 2009, received the prestigious Paradigm Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. She was named Retailer of the Year by the Mid Atlantic Food Trade Organization and one of the Top 50 Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer magazine in 2008.
Spires holds a BA and MBA from LaSalle University and is also a graduate of Cornell University’s Food Executive Program. She is the Chair of the Academy of Food Marketing at St Joseph’s University and on the Executive Board of Directors for the New Jersey Food Council. She is on the board of the Food Marketing Institute, and a former trustee for LaSalle University. Spires is also a board member of the Cancer Treatment Center of America and a member of the Comcast and NBC Universal Joint Diversity Council.
Judy and her husband Bob are residents of New Jersey and have one son. In her spare time, Judy enjoys yoga, hiking, biking, reading and fueling her HGTV obsession.