Safeway Announces Retirement of Retail Operations EVP Bruce Everette
Kelly Griffith, the Company's President of Merchandising, Named as Successor
PLEASANTON, Calif., March 15, 2013
PLEASANTON, Calif., March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY)
announced today that Bruce Everette (61) is retiring as Executive Vice
President, Retail Operations after a distinguished 44-year career at Safeway.
Kelly Griffith (49), currently the President of Merchandising, has been chosen
to succeed Everette.
Mr. Everette's career began in 1968 as a clerk in Virginia. He then worked his
way up the retail management ranks, holding positions in several geographies,
including Oklahoma, Arizona, Illinois and Northern California. He was named
President of the company's Phoenix Division in 1995 and, three years later,
became President of the Northern California Division. He was named Executive
Vice President of Retail Operations in 2001.
Throughout his career, Mr. Everette has been involved with numerous
philanthropic organizations. Easter Seals honored him with the State Board of
Virginia Pasture Award for Outstanding Leadership. He also received a Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the
Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America.
In 1997 Mr. Everette was honored as Arizona's Retailer of the Year. The
University of Southern California named him Food Industry Executive of the
Year in 2006. Last year the food industry inducted him into the California
Grocer's Association's Educational Foundation Hall of Achievement.
"We are deeply grateful to Bruce for his significant and lasting contribution
to our company's success," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve
Burd. "He is the consummate operating executive whose results and
people-oriented approach to the business leave an unmistakable imprint on who
we are as a company."
Safeway President Robert Edwards added, "Bruce will be missed, and we wish him
and his wife, Lyn, happiness and fulfillment in the next chapter of their
Mr. Griffith brings 33 years of experience and leadership to his new role.
After working his way through a range of retail store management assignments,
he was assigned to Corporate Retail Operations in 1999 and named Vice
President the following year. Mr. Griffith was promoted to Vice President,
Retail Operations in the Seattle Division in 2001, then returned to the
corporate office as Senior Vice President, Produce and Floral in 2004. He was
promoted to Portland Division President in 2005 and returned to corporate in
2008 as President, Perishables. In 2010 he was named President of
"Over the years Kelly has assumed increasing responsibility at both Division
and Corporate levels," Mr. Edwards said. "He is a well-rounded executive with
a deep background in marketing and retail, and he is ready to lead our Retail
Operations to further success. I am extremely pleased to have an executive
with Kelly's experience ready to step up to fill this important role."
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Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug
retailers in North America, based on sales. The company operates 1,641 stores
in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $44.2 billion
in 2012. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange
under the symbol SWY.
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