Rob Sobey stepping down as Lawtons CEO; new GM Vivek Sood to assume leadership

STELLARTON, N.S. – Lawtons Drugs says Rob Sobey, who has led the company as president and CEO for the past eight years, is retiring at the end of the month.

Sobey, who plans to devote more time to his outside business and philanthropic interests, will continue to serve on the board of Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A), Lawtons said Wednesday.

Lawtons is a subsidiary of Sobeys Inc., which in turn is held by Empire.

The top job at Lawtons is being assumed by Vivek Sood, who has been named general manager.

Sood has served in a variety of progressively senior merchandising and finance roles both with Sobeys and Empire since joining Sobeys in 2000.

For the past four years he has filled a number of leadership positions within Lawtons, most recently as senior vice-president.

Sobeys, with headquarters in Stellarton, N.S., owns or franchises more than 1,500 stores across Canada under several banners including Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods and Lawton’s Drug Stores.