Albertsons Companies’ President and COO Wayne Denningham Retires, Susan Morris Appointed New Role
BOISE, ID - After over 40 years with the retailer, Albertsons President and Chief Operating Officer Wayne Denningham announced plans to retire by the end of the company's fiscal year. The retailer has named Susan Morris Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer to take his place.
“Susan is a talented leader within our company, and she fully embraces our entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to running really good stores,” said Bob Miller, Chairman and CEO, in a company press release. “Susan raised her hand to come to Albertsons LLC in 2010 when she was a Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a competitor, and she took the only job we had open—a Grocery Sales Manager in our Southwest Division. She has proven herself to be a valuable part of our leadership team in readily accepting new challenges, developing others and bringing teams together, and I know that her broad experience will be of significant value to Albertsons Companies as we move forward.”
In her new position, Morris will oversee the Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Operations functions as well as continue to lead the Seattle, Portland, and Northern and Southern California divisions.
Morris's 30+ year career began in Albertsons Denver Division while she was still in high school. After proving she was capable of leading, executing, and cultivating great teams in assignment after assignment, Morris began to work her way up through the ranks and took on new roles like Store Director, 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 2013, Morris was named Intermountain Division President after a three-year stint in the company’s Southwest Division, and subsequently was asked to lead the Denver Division in 2015. Morris was named EVP, East Operations in April 2016 and was moved to lead West Region Operations in March 2017.
Jim Perkins, EVP Operations and Special Projects, will continue as President of the Acme and Eastern divisions; while Mike Withers, EVP East Region Operations, will lead the remaining six divisions, including Denver, Intermountain, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Southern, Southwest, and United.
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