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Donna Giordano of The Kroger Co. to co-chair NEW Forum

Thursday, January 10, 2013  
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Donna Giordano, president of the Ralphs division of The Kroger Co., will has been named co-chair of the seventh annual NEW Executive Leaders Forum 2013, July 23-25 at the Terranea Resort in Los Angeles. More than 250 senior executives in the consumer products and retail industry will attend the invitation-only event.

"One of the first female presidents of a grocery banner, Donna Giordano has been a true pioneer,” said conference designer Trudy Bourgeois, founder and president of The Center for Workforce Excellence. "A strong and public champion for women and diversity in the consumer products and retail industry, she is not afraid to push the status quo. The Network is fortunate to have Donna’s input, as she draws on her life and career experiences to enhance the Forum’s programming.”

As president of Ralphs Grocery, Giordano is responsible for all aspects of the business, which includes nearly 250 stores in Southern California that employ more than 25,000 associates. Giordano’s retail career began in Denver when she joined Kroger’s King Soopers chain in 1972 while earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She was named store manager in 1982 and later held director-level positions in several key areas. Giordano was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing at King Soopers in 1999. In 2002, she was named president of Kroger’s Quality Food Centers division in Seattle. While in living in Washington, The University of Washington Women’s Center named Giordano among the 100 women who have broken barriers in the state. She has held her current position since July 2011.

Giordano will co-chair the event with Monica Turner, general manager of market strategy and planning for Procter & Gamble. Turner -- a  Board member at-large for the Network of Executive Women -- joined Procter & Gamble as a sales representative in 1987 after serving as a summer intern. In her current role, she leads P&G’s U.S. Market Strategy and Planning organization in North America, its 400-plus employees and an $80 million annual budget. For the last three years, Turner has been the sponsor and leader of the Strategic Black Leadership Team (SBLT), the African American affinity group for P&G’s customer business development group in North America. She also serves as the customer business development functional leader for North America on the company’s corporate multifunctional African America affinity group, which consists of P&G’s most senior African American leaders. In 2009, Turner was the North American leader for the P&G Global Women’s Network, responsible for defining the early stages of Flexibility at Work for P&G, which launched this year as a Global Flex@Work program.

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