Albertsons Companies Names Mary Beth West to Board of Directors
BOISE, ID - Strong leaders are highly sought after to guide companies, and Albertsons Companies has found one in Mary Beth West. Recently, the retailer announced West has been appointed to its Board of Directors, bringing a wealth of industry experience to the table.
According to the press release, West has a proven track record of innovation and transformation across myriad facets of retail. She began her career at Kraft Foods, and over the course of 21 years of working on some of the food industry’s most iconic brands like Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Oreo, and Maxwell House coffee, she was named Chief Marketing Officer in 2007.
When Kraft Foods spun its snack foods division off in 2012, West went with the new company, Mondelēz International, and served as Executive Vice President, Chief Category and Marketing Officer from 2012 to 2014.
In 2015, West left Mondelēz and joined J.C. Penney Company, after having served on its Board of Directors from November 2005 to May 2015. West was then tapped by The Hershey Company in 2017 as its Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer. She drove the company’s growth and marketing strategies as well as communication, disruptive innovation, research and development, and mergers and acquisitions. As the press release notes, West ignited the transformation of the company’s offerings beyond chocolate into snack categories, retiring from the company in January 2020.
“Mary Beth is one of the most accomplished leaders in marketing and retail today, and I am delighted to have her join our Board of Directors,” said Vivek Sankaran, President and CEO. “Her expertise in the food industry as well as her skill in driving innovation and consumer engagement will lend added depth and dimension to how our team builds lasting relationships with our customers.”
West earned an M.B.A. in Marketing from Columbia University and a B.S. in Management from Nazareth College in Rochester. She is currently a member of the board of directors of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), a position she has held since June 2016.
Congratulations to Mary Beth West on her latest appointment!