SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – John Ciraulo has been promoted vice president of the meat division with Stater Bros. Markets, the largest privately owned supermarket chain in Southern California. He replaces Kevin Schubert, who will retire in March after more than 39 years of service, said Jack Brown, chairman of the board and CEO.

Ciraulo will now oversee the marketing and retail operations of the company's meat and seafood division and report to Dennis McIntyre, executive vice president of marketing. He has been at Stater Bros. for more than 28 years and has held a number of retail and marketing positions. Ciraulo joined Stater Bros. in 1986 as a meat clerk at the company's South Fontana location. In 1988, he was promoted to an apprentice meat cutter at the company's Highland/Muscupiabe location in San Bernardino and in 1990 was promoted to a meat department manager at the company's South Rialto supermarket. Ciraulo was promoted to retail meat supervisor in 1999. In 2007, he was promoted to buyer/merchandiser in the marketing department, and later that year he became a meat buyer in the marketing/meat division. In 2010, Ciraulo was promoted to director marketing meat division, his most recent position.

Ciraulo earned a vocational teaching credential from California State Univ., San Bernardino in 2001 and is an instructor for the Stater Bros. Meat Cutting Apprentice Program. He is a 2006 graduate of both the WAFC Retail Management Program at San Bernardino Valley College and Univ. of Southern California (USC) Food Industry Management Program. Ciraulo has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Univ. of Phoenix and a Master’s in Business Management from Univ. of Redlands. Most recently, he completed the credential program for Certified Food Safety Professionals from National Environmental Health Association.

"This promotion is a result of his leadership skills and the contributions that he has made towards the success of the company's meat division," Brown said.

Stater Bros. is the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2013 of $3.9 billion. The company operates 167 supermarkets, and employs more than 18,000.