Christine Heffernan

Christine Heffernan

Senior Vice President, Center Store
Topco Associates LLC

Christine Heffernan was named senior vice president of Topco’s center store program in January 2018. She joined Topco Associates in 2002 as part of the merger with Shurfine International Inc. She was named program director in 2008 and business unit lead, center store in 2014. Prior to joining Topco, Heffernan held several leadership positions at Shurfine International including director, member services.

Heffernan has overall responsibility for Topco’s center store program, which includes grocery, frozen, health and beauty care, general merchandise and dairy/bakery. In addition, she oversees marketing, brand management, creative and packaging production, member services, master data management and supply chain.

In addition, Heffernan is co-chair of Topco's operations team, which is comprised of executives representing 13 members in key roles including marketing, merchandising and operations. This cross-member team reports directly into the Topco Associates board of directors.

Throughout Heffernan’s career, she has received distinguished honors and recognition. Most recently she was awarded Affiliated Foods Inc.’s Corporate Management Team Leader of the Year Award in August 2019. In 2015, she was recognized by Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence and Store Brands magazine as the recipient of the Top Woman in Store Brands Innovation Award.

Heffernan grew up in Vermont playing ice hockey. She carried this passion through to college as a member of Cornell University’s varsity hockey team. In her spare time, Heffernan continues her love of hockey, coaching her son’s youth hockey team.

Heffernan holds a bachelor’s degree in food industry management from Cornell University.