Faculty Directory

José Alvarez

Clinical Professor of Business Administration






MBA, University of Chicago; AB, Princeton University

Areas of Expertise

Food systems, board governance, retailing


José Alvarez is clinical professor of business administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He is also a visiting senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, where he has served on the faculty since 2009. José conducts research and teaches courses in food systems, board governance, and retailing. He has coauthored more than 30 case studies. José cofounded the executive program Accelerating Board Diversity at Harvard Business School. Prior to his academic career, he spent nearly 20 years in the supermarket industry, culminating in his tenure as president and chief executive officer of Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover. He currently serves on the boards of numerous corporate, nonprofit, and educational organizations, including The TJX Companies, United Rentals, The Joyce Foundation, and Princeton University. José is married with three children.

Current Research Topics

Agribusiness, supply chains, logistics, marketing, vertical integration, operations management, board governance

Professional Activities

Academic Positions

  • Clinical Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, 2022–present
  • Visiting Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School, 2009–present

Nonacademic Positions

  • President and CEO, Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover (Royal Ahold NV), 2006–08
  • Executive Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics; Senior Vice President Logistics; Vice President of Strategic Initiatives; Stop & Shop/Royal Ahold NV, 2001–06
  • Vice President of Grocery Merchandising, Shaw's Supermarkets, 1998–2001
  • Director of Market Research, Category Manager, Manager of Distribution Planning and Engineering, American Stores Company and its Jewel Food Stores subsidiary, 1990–98

Additional Leadership Roles

  • Member, Board of Directors, and Chair, Nominating and Governance Committee, United Rentals (2009–present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, The TJX Companies (2007–18; 2020–present)
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, The Joyce Foundation, (2009–present)
  • Princeton University Trustee, (2016–20; 2022–present)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Equality Asset Management, (2018–present)
  • Director, Daily Table (2016–present)
  • Director, The Good Jobs Institute (2017–present)
  • Director/Advisor, The Munoz Group/AM Fresh (2018–present)
  • Lead Director, Empower Schools, (2017–present)

Selected Publications


  • With R. Lal and D. Greenberg, Retail Revolution: Will Your Brick & Mortar Store Survive? privately published, 2014

Case Studies

  • With A. Lobb, "Pairwise," Harvard Business School Case 522-058, December 2021
  • With B. Chan and D. H. Lau, "Green Monday," Harvard Business School Case 522-056, December 2021
  • With N. Kindred, "Impossible Foods," Harvard Business School Case 520-046, December 2019 (revised March 2020)
  • With F. Reinhardt and N. Kindred, “NatureSweet,” Harvard Business School Case 518-002, December 2017 (revised January 2018)
  • With N. Kindred, “Pete & Gerry's,” Harvard Business School Case 517-048, November 2016
  • With D. E. Bell and D. McLoughlin, “Ocado,” Harvard Business School Case 516-059, December 2015 (revised February 2016
  • With A. Rain, and R. Chawla, “HN Agri Serve: Growing Prosperity,” Harvard Business School Case 515-006, December 2014
  • With M. G. Preble, “Disrupting the Meat Industry: Tissue Culture Beef,” Harvard Business School Case 515-001, November 2014 (revised March 2015
  • With J. Riis and W. J. Salmon, “H-E-B: Creating a Movement to Reduce Obesity in Texas,” Harvard Business School Case 512-034, April 2012 (revised February 2013
  • With R. Johnson, “FreshTec: Revolutionizing Fresh Produce (TN),” Harvard Business School Teaching Note 511-105, March 2011