The Fresh Market, Inc. names Yvonne Cowser Yancy as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

The Fresh Market, Inc., a leading specialty grocery retailer, announced today the appointment of Yvonne Cowser Yancy as the company’s senior vice president and chief human resources officer. Ms. Yancy joins The Fresh Market with more than 20 years of experience in human resources in both private and public sectors. Based in Greensboro, she will be responsible for The Fresh Market’s field and home office human resource and benefit functions, including talent acquisition, organizational design and development, training, compensation and health and wellness functions.

Ms. Yancy has extensive experience in the human resources field, having worked with several Fortune 500 companies including GE Capital, Ashland, Inc., Lincoln Financial Group, Turner Broadcasting and SunTrust Bank. Prior to assuming her new position at The Fresh Market, she served as the commissioner of human resources for the City of Atlanta, where she oversaw all HR functions that impacted 8,500 employees and 5,000 retirees, such as health and wellness benefit plans, labor relations, talent acquisition, HRIS and the employee assistance program.

“Yvonne’s background and experience make her an incredibly valuable resource for The Fresh Market team,” said Larry Appel, president and chief executive officer of The Fresh Market. “Her ability to design, implement and lead HR initiatives will help cement The Fresh Market as an industry leader from a hiring and employee satisfaction standpoint.”

An Atlanta native, Ms. Yancy holds an M.B.A. in employee relations from Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University. Ms. Yancy has a lifetime commitment to civic and charitable organizations, such as the Atlanta Chapter of The Links, Inc., and is a former member of the SHRM Atlanta Board of Directors. She currently serves on the boards of the progressive arts organization WonderRoot and the Central Outreach and Advocacy Center, which provides services to local homeless Atlanta communities.

“The spirit of The Fresh Market is an integral piece of what sets this company apart in the industry,” said Ms. Yancy. “As I join The Fresh Market team, I am committed to applying my experiences in both the public and private sector to further a prosperous and welcoming workplace for all of our employees.”

About The Fresh Market, Inc.
Founded in 1982, The Fresh Market, Inc. is a specialty grocery retailer focused on providing fresh, delicious food with friendly service in a warm and inviting atmosphere. From seasonally fresh produce to exceptional quality meat and seafood, signature baked goods and thousands of organic options, The Fresh Market is dedicated to offering its guests the most delicious and inspiring foods available. As a destination for weekly shopping and special occasions, The Fresh Market provides a thoughtful product assortment curated for all tastes and culinary preferences. The company operates 176 stores in 24 states across the U.S. For more information, please visit or follow the company on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

About The Fresh Market

Since 1982, The Fresh Market, Inc. has helped guests make everyday eating extraordinary with time-saving meal solutions, unique ingredients and delicious food for any occasion. From fresh produce and exceptional meat and seafood, to signature baked goods and thousands of organic options, this specialty grocery retailer has something to please every palate. The Fresh Market currently operates 176 stores in 24 states across the U.S., inspiring guests to discover new flavors and cook with confidence. For more information, please visit or follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


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