Position title: CEO, National Co+op Grocers
C.E. Pugh is CEO for National Co+op Grocers (NCG), the purchasing and business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. NCG’s 148 member co-ops operate more than 200 storefronts in 38 states with combined annual sales of $2.5 billion.
A native of southwest Virginia, Pugh has spent his entire adult life in the food industry. He views improving the food system as a spiritual endeavor and believes food co-ops will continue to lead in creating more just and sustainable local food economies.