Terry R. Peets, a leading grocery industry executive and longtime City of Hope board member, has become chair-elect of the City of Hope board of directors. Peets will assume the role of chair when current chair Phil Engel finishes his term in July 2007.
“Terry Peets’ strong business leadership experience will help continue City of Hope’s path toward expanding patient services and advancing research into cancer, diabetes, HIV and other life-threatening conditions,” Engel said. “His visionary commitment to City of Hope’s strategic direction will be a cornerstone of his role as chair-elect of the board.”
Peets joined the board in 2000 and has served as vice chair for the past two years. He also has chaired the development committee for the past three years, leading the organization toward its upcoming capital campaign.
“I am honored to serve as the next chair of the City of Hope board of directors,” Peets said. “I look forward to serving during a period certain to be characterized by significant growth in patient services and continued rapid advancement in our research into cancer and other diseases.”
Over the past 30 years, Peets has served as chairman of Bruno’s Supermarkets Inc., executive vice president of Vons Grocery Company, executive vice president of Ralphs Grocery Company, and president and chief executive officer of PIA Merchandising Inc. Peets also is chairman of the board of World Kitchens Inc., and a member of the board of Berry Plastics Inc., Doane Pet Care Inc., Pinnacle Foods Corp. and Ruiz Foods Inc. Peets received his masters degree in business administration, with distinction, from Pepperdine University.
Engel, a City of Hope board member since 1997, assumed his current role as chair in July 2004. His appointment marked the first time in the 90-year history of City of Hope that its chair of the board did not reside in Southern California. Engel had served as president of Chicago-based CNA insurance companies, one of the nation’s leading insurance groups, from 1992 until his retirement in 1999, capping off a 37-year career with the company.