Steven Hankin Named Executive Vice President for SPINS, Inc.

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Feb 20, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- SPINS, Inc., the leading provider of industry information, reporting and consulting services for the Natural and Organic Products Industry, today announced the appointment of Steven Hankin to its executive management team as Executive Vice President.

In this newly created role, Mr. Hankin will oversee SPINS' Strategic Accounts, Business Insights, Client Services, Retail Services, Business Development, and Product Library departments. Across these departments, he will lead the company's continued growth and business transformation to a broad based solution-focused organization.

Mr. Hankin has nearly 30 years of experience in the food retail and consumer packaged goods industries. He has spent the greater part of his career with Ahold USA, a leading multinational supermarket and foodservice operator. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Analytical Support for Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, Inc. During his 17-year tenure with Ahold, Mr. Hankin held numerous corporate and operating company positions, including Vice President of Merchandising Support Services, Vice President of Supply Chain Management and Analysis, Director of Category Management Support, Director of Grocery Merchandising, Director of Merchandising Services, and several other positions in merchandising, marketing, and procurement.

"Our customers are looking to make better business decisions within a dynamic and complex marketplace. Steven's breadth of experience and leadership will enable SPINS to leverage our strategic partnerships, provide a more coordinated approach to serving client needs, and enhance our opportunities for accelerated long-term growth," said Tony Olson, SPINS' CEO.

SPINS is committed to providing world-class delivery of advanced analytical, consulting and integrated business solutions. The company looks forward to increasing its capacity to serve its clients and the Natural Products Industry as a whole with Hankin's guidance.

SPINS was founded in 1995 as the first company to offer Natural Products sales data to the industry. Today, it is the premier provider of industry reporting and consulting services for this rapidly expanding sector. SPINS' comprehensive offering includes retail measurement services, content-based reporting, consumer information and consulting services. Learn more at

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