Jose Alvarez

Senior Lecturer of Business Administration at Harvard Business School


Harvard Business School

José Alvarez has written extensively about the global food system and retailing since he joined the HBS faculty in 2009. He has co-authored over 30 cases and the book Retail Revolution: Will Your Brick and Mortar Store Survive.

Prior to HBS Mr. Alvarez was President and Chief Executive Officer of Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover from April 2006 through July 2008. José joined Stop and Shop, a subsidiary of Royal Ahold NV, in 2001. Prior to his tenure as President and CEO, José was Executive Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics for the company. He also served as the Senior Vice President Logistics and Vice President of Strategic Initiatives.

Mr. Alvarez has almost 20 years of experience in the supermarket industry and has held management positions in a variety of functional areas. Before joining Stop & Shop in 2001, Mr. Alvarez worked with Shaw's Supermarkets, where his positions included Vice President of Grocery Merchandising. He also worked at American Stores Company and its subsidiary Jewel Food Stores, where his posts included Director of Market Research, Category Manager - Produce, store management positions and assignments in developing strategic initiatives.

Mr. Alvarez currently serves on the board of directors/trustees for United Rentals, Princeton University, The Joyce Foundation, The Good Jobs Institute, Daily Table, and Munoz Group.

Mr. Alvarez holds an AB degree from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. José is married with three children.

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