Albertsons Companies welcomes Jim Donald as President and Chief Operating Officer

Boise, Idaho, 2018-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies announced today (Mar 05, 2018) that Jim Donald, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Starbucks, has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Albertsons Companies, effective immediately. Donald is an experienced retail operator with extensive knowledge of Albertsons Companies, having previously held senior leadership roles at both Albertson’s, Inc. and Safeway, Inc. Donald also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Rite Aid from 2008 to 2013.

As President and Chief Operating Officer, Donald will have responsibility for the operations of the retailers’ 2,300+ store portfolio and help with the acceleration of the company’s growing omnichannel platform. Following the close of the recently announced merger with Rite Aid, subject to customary regulatory approvals and approval by Rite Aid shareholders, Donald will continue in this role and work alongside the rest of the combined company’s leadership team. Donald replaces Wayne Denningham, who retired earlier this year. Susan Morris, who was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer in January 2018, will continue in her role.

“Jim Donald has built an exceptional career in retail. His knowledge of our company and industry is unmatched, and I know his contributions will be invaluable as we enter the next chapter of Albertsons Companies,” said Bob Miller, Albertsons Companies Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to tapping his expertise in leading large consumer brands as we work every day to meet our customers’ needs, both in-store and online.”

Most recently, Donald served as Chief Executive Officer of Extended Stay America, a large US-based hotel chain, from 2012 to 2015. From 2009 to 2011, Donald served as President and Chief Executive Officer of food and pharmacy retailer Haggen, Inc. Prior to that, he spent six years at Starbucks, leading the company through a period of strong growth and performance, working his way up from President of its North America Division to President and Chief Executive Officer of Starbucks Corporation. Earlier in his career, Donald led Pathmark Stores, Inc. and held a variety of senior management positions with Albertson’s, Inc., Safeway, Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Said Donald, “Having first worked at Albertsons 42 years ago, I have watched as an insider and from afar how their keen focus on customer service maintained a solid foundation for their team through the years. Their acquisitive nature combined with their recent innovation efforts and strong Own Brands portfolio have helped them to build an even stronger company today. I look forward to being a part of the team that takes this great company into the future and continues to serve the food, health, and wellness needs of today’s busy customers.”

About Albertsons Companies

Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood.

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208-395-6200

Source: Albertsons Companies/globenewswire

Albertsons Companies appoints Jewel-Osco’s current VP of Marketing and Merchandising Doug Cygan as Division President

Albertsons Companies appoints Jewel-Osco’s current VP of Marketing and Merchandising Doug Cygan as Division President

 

BOISE, Idaho, 2017-May-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies today (Apr 28th, 2017) announced that Jewel-Osco’s current Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising Doug Cygan has been appointed Division President, effective immediately. In this role, Cygan will lead the company’s 186 Jewel-Osco stores throughout Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. He replaces Mike Withers, who was recently promoted to EVP, Retail Operations, East Region for the company.

Cygan’s retail career began at Jewel Osco in April 1980 as a part-time clerk, and he has spent his entire career working at Jewel-Osco. As he completed his education at Western Michigan University, he stayed with the grocery store chain and moved into roles of greater responsibility including Store Director, Marketing Director, Vice President of Fresh Merchandising and Vice President of Grocery Merchandising. He was named Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising in 2011.

“Doug knows Chicago customers and Jewel-Osco better than anyone in the business,” said Wayne Denningham, President and Chief Operating Officer for Albertsons Companies. “Jewel-Osco’s secret to success has always been knowing what Chicago customers want – from local products to specialty items to offering the best in fresh. Doug’s 37 years with Jewel-Osco uniquely positions him to lead this fantastic team, and we’re excited to have someone of his caliber directing our operations there.”

Cygan earned a bachelor’s degree in Food Distribution from Western Michigan University. He holds positions on the advisory boards of Western Michigan University and NorthPointe Resources, a private, not-for-profit provider of developmental disability and behavioral health services in the Zion area. He also serves on the Board of Directors for both the Greater Chicago Area Food Bank and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Contact:

Mary Frances Trucco
MaryFrances.Trucco@JewelOsco.com

Source:  Albertsons Companies

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Albertsons Companies appoints Wayne Denningham to the new role of President and COO

BOISE, Idaho, 2017-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies today announced Wayne Denningham, EVP & Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed to the new role of President and Chief Operating Officer for Albertsons Companies. Bob Miller remains Chairman and CEO, a role he has held since April 2015.

Denningham will continue to lead store operations with added oversight of Marketing & Merchandising, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Integration, all of which will continue under their current leadership.

“This is the strongest leadership team I’ve worked with in my 50+ years in this industry,” said Bob Miller, Chairman and CEO of Albertsons Companies. “I asked Wayne to join Albertsons LLC in 2006 to lead our Rocky Mountain Division. Since that time, he’s led three different divisions, helped to negotiate and manage some of our most significant acquisitions, and successfully turned around some of our toughest assets. He’s a remarkable leader with tremendous grocery retail acumen, and I’m pleased that he’s accepted this new role.”

Denningham began his career with Albertson’s, Inc. in 1977 as a clerk and worked his way up in the organization, serving in district manager roles in three different divisions before being named Division President, first of the Rocky Mountain division and later the Florida division. Subsequently, he was promoted to Regional President for five divisions of Albertsons, and then served as both Executive Vice President of Marketing & Merchandising and Executive Vice President of Operations for the company before leaving in 2004. He joined Albertson’s LLC in 2006 and served as Division President of the Rocky Mountain, Florida and Southern divisions over the next seven years. In March 2013, Denningham was named Division President of the Southern California division following the acquisition of 877 stores from SUPERVALU, and in January 2015, he assumed the role of South Region Chief Operating Officer following the merger with Safeway. He was named EVP & Chief Operating Officer for the company in April 2015.

Denningham is based at the company’s Boise, Idaho corporate campus.

 

About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 19 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2016 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company gave nearly $300 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans outreach.

SOURCE: Albertsons, LLC.

Contact: Christine Wilcox
christine.wilcox@albertsons.com | 208-395-4163

Albertsons Companies announces the appointment of Susan Morris as EVP of Retail Operations over its East Region

BOISE, Idaho, 2016-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies announced today that it has appointed current Denver Division President Susan Morris to the position of Executive Vice President of Retail Operations over its East Region. Morris is filling the vacancy created when Kelly Griffith announced earlier this month that he would be leaving the company.

Since March of 2015, Morris has led the Company’s Denver Division team, overseeing over 130 stores in five states. She joined Albertsons when she was 16 as a customer service clerk in Colorado, and worked at store level until she graduated from Colorado State University when she accepted a job at the division office. Her career has spanned roles from Store Director to Corporate Grocery Sales Director, Vice President of Bakery and Operations and, upon the sale of Albertson’s Inc.’s assets to SUPERVALU, Vice President of Customer Satisfaction. In 2010, she was Senior Vice President of Sales and Merchandising when she left SUPERVALU to join Albertsons LLC. In March 2013, Morris moved from her role as Vice President of Marketing & Merchandising for the Southwest Division to Intermountain Division President.

“Starting at an entry level position and working your way up to a leadership role is very much alive and well at Albertsons Companies, and Susan is the latest example of that,” said Wayne Denningham, Chief Operating Officer. “In the span of our company’s history, we have helped to develop some of the greatest retail leaders in the industry today, and Susan is certainly an excellent addition to that list. Her experience in grocery is invaluable both as an operator and a merchant. We look forward to her taking on this key role as we look to continue to grow and strengthen our operation while furthering our goal of becoming the Favorite Local Supermarket across the nearly 2,300 neighborhoods we serve.”

About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 18 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, ACME, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market and Carrs.

CONTACT: Brian Dowling
925-226-5141 | brian.dowling@albertsons.com

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Susan Morris, EVP, East Region

Susan Morris, EVP, East Region