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NEW partners honored by PG's Top Women in Grocery

Thursday, June 18, 2015  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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One hundred seventy-five women working at 19 Network of Executive Women partner companies, including NEW Regional Advisory Chair Marla Thompson of Catalina, have been named "Top Women in Grocery” by Progressive Grocer magazine. Women working for NEW sponsors represent nearly 60 percent of the 300 women recognized this year.

Now in its ninth year, PG’s Top Women in Grocery awards program recognizes the integral role women play across all areas of the dynamic retail food industry within the retailer and supplier communities in three sectors: Senior-Level Executives, Rising Stars and Store Managers. "Long before formal movements were established to encourage and empower women to lean in and step up, Top Women in Grocery served as a tenacious catalyst trumpeting the fact that in an increasingly competitive marketplace, female decision-makers are an inherent, advantageous asset that progressive organizations are astutely aware can’t be ignored," said Progressive Grocer Chief Content Editor Meg Major.

The 2015 Top Women in Grocery includes executives, "rising stars” and managers who work for NEW partners Acosta Sales & Marketing, Advantage Sales and Marketing, Ahold USA, Albertsons Safeway, Catalina, The Coca-Cola Company, Crossmark, Delhaize Group, General Mills, The Hershey Company, Hy-Vee, JOH, The Kellogg Company, Kraft Foods Group, The Kroger Company, MOM Brands, PepsiCo Inc., Procter & Gamble and SUPERVALU Inc.

Acosta Sales & Marketing
Darcy Fox, VP, Health & Beauty Care
Meredith Lego, VP, Integrated Planning and Execution

Advantage Sales and Marketing
Tanya Domier, CEO
Lori Stillman, SVP, Business Intelligence
Andrea Young, President, Experiential Marketing/IN Marketing Services
Sarah Bell, Senior Director of Client Services
Maureen Collins, Director of Strategy and Integrations
Kelsey Hampton, Account Executive-Advantage Beverage Solutions
Katie McCants, Director of Operations, IN Marketing-Kroger Delightful Discoveries
Bonnie Reinke, Director of Sales/IN Marketing Services
Marilu Robles, Marketing Manager/IN Marketing Services
Bethany Slentz, National Client Team Leader
Robin Wethli, National Client Team Leader

Ahold USA
Tara Ponnett, VP, Portfolio
Ashley Belin, Senior Manager, Talent Management
Debbie Hill, Manager, Public and Community Relations
Jan Ingraham, Director, Finance
Deb Kreider, Director, Category
Kelly Krutz, Director, Portfolio
Rebecca Lupfer, Director, Internal Audit and Professional Practices
Stacey Miller, Manager, Learning and Professional Development
Patrice O'Sullivan, Manager, Associate Engagement
Dimple Patel, Senior Director, Enterprise Architecture
Kasey Sheffer, Manager, Corporate Brands
Mary Sullivan, Director, Finance
Felis Andrade, Director, Marketing & External Communications, Giant of Maryland
Dawn Hurd, Specialist, Front End, Giant of Maryland
Joyce Golden, Manager, District Human Resources, Giant Food Stores
Phyllis Smith, Front End Specialist, Giant Food Stores
Arlene Putterman, Manager, Public and Community Relations, Stop & Shop
Maribel Dichard, Store Manager, Giant of Maryland
Mary Huffman, Store Manager, Giant of Maryland
Sherry Beitler, Store Manager, Giant Food Stores
Donna Lonsinger, Store Manager, Giant Food Stores
Jeanine Wolczyk, Store Manager, Giant Food Stores
Iliana Del Valle, Store Manager, Stop & Shop
Johanna Rodriguez, Store Manager, Stop & Shop
Nicole Stokes, Store Manager, Stop & Shop

Albertsons Safeway
Kirsten Curtis, VP, Supply Chain Strategic Initiatives
Cathy East, VP Procurement: Meat, Seafood and Deli
Jewel Hunt, Group VP, Bakery
Monica McCombs, SVP, Procurement
Nancy Cota, VP, Own Brands, Product Management
Mary Jackson, Education Manager
Rucha Nanavati, Director, Information Technology
Rita Patel, IT Director
Donna Hilliard, Store Director

Marla Thompson, SVP, US Strategy

The Coca-Cola Company
Jessica Fister Johnson, VP, National Retail Sales, Central Region
Karla Radtke, VP, Category Commercial Operations
Janine Shearer, VP of Category Advisory Services

Sherene Jagla, VP, Managing Director
Michelle Sutter, VP of Operations
Heather Adams, Manager, Insights
Laura Dickey, Division Manager
Katherine Fuller, Division Manager, North American Field Intelligence
Sarah Parrigin, Division Manager
Ashley Tussing, Director of Operations, Order-to-Cash Services

Delhaize Group/Food Lion
Patricia Bednarz, Director of Operations, Rocky Mount/Goldsboro, N.C.
Debbie Bowers, Manager of Innovation, Front End Operations and Service
Diane Medlin, Customer Retail Services Manager
Carol Miller, Execution and Implementation Specialist

General Mills
Denise Inmon, Region Sales Director-Central Region

The Hershey Company
Rachel Rogers, VP, US Category & Insights
Laura Chamberlain, Director Dollar Channels
Melissa Dodds, Director, Category Strategy & Insights, Food Channel
Nicole Johnston, GM Global Value Channels
Mariette Morelli, Senior Manager, Customer Marketing & Planning

Jen Kopriva, Group VP, Private Brands
Kate Wolfe, Group VP, Human Resources
Tara Deering-Hansen, Assistant VP, Communications
Julie McMillin, Assistant VP, Retail Dietetics
Jessica Monical, Director, Retail Development
Rita Peters, Assistant VP, Floral Operations
Jody Sandy, Director, IT Projects
Shannon Woods, Assistant General Counsel, Assistant Secretary
Tally Mertes, Store Director
Abbie Olson, Store Director

Kathy Ferguson, VP, Alternate Channel

The Kellogg Co.
Kimberly Reed, SVP, US Morning Foods Sales

Kraft Foods Group
Colleen Flaherty, VP Sales-Kroger

The Kroger Co.
Vanessa Egle, Senior Director of Innovation
Annette Hater, Director of Business Effectiveness
Merritt Henderson, Director, Human Resources
Frannie McGowan, VP of Pharmacy Operations
Heather Ackels, Software Solutions Manager
Wendi Adams, Meat/Seafood Sales Manager, Mid-Atlantic
Karen Bird, Division Meat/Seafood Manager, Michigan
Katie Bogenschutz, Software Solutions Manager
Christa Criswell, Operations Coordinator, Columbus
Kathy Culver, Senior Supply Chain Manager,G.O. Logistics
Melissa Eads, Customer Communications Manager, Nashville
Lori Ennis, Talent Development Manager, Atlanta
Jeanie Goodrich, District Pharmacy Coordinator,Smith's
Kristy Hosman, Controller, King Soopers
Sheila Lowrie, Division Associate Communications & Public Relations Manager, Dillons
Taryn Mynear, Division Kompass Manager, Louisville
Sara Parker, Division Administration/Total Rewards Manager, Fred Meyer
Clare Reilly, Head of Financial Services, Kroger Personal Finance
Dina Serrano, GM/HBC Merchandiser, Food 4 Less
April Shores, Division Fuel Manager, Central
Rory Snavely, Warehouse Operations Manager, Harris Teeter
Maggie Watts, Grocery Sales Manager, Columbus
Yimin Xie, Controller, Kroger Personal Finance
Michelle Aikens, Store Manager, QFC
Michelle Cummins, Store Manager, Louisville
Maggie Dussex, Store Manager, King Soopers
Karen Hansen, Store Manager, Central
Chelsea Harrison, Store Manager, Ralphs
Deborah Hilton, Store Manager, Southwest
Debra Kennedy, Store Manager, Cincinnati
Pamela Lee, Store Manager, Nashville
Robin Lind, Store Manager, Columbus
Rubby Zapata, Store Manager, Food 4 Less

MOM Brands
Carla Carver, VP Supply Chain
Lisa Bloomer, Director of Sheeted and Shredded Business Units
Lori Brown, Director Sales-West Region

PepsiCo Inc.
Anne Auger, Senior Director of Sales, Great Lakes Region
Katie Collett, Director of Sales (Retail)
Nicole Flavin, Senior Director of Shopper Marketing, Kroger Team
Emma Smith, Senior Director, Quaker Sales Planning
Jamie Stroh, Director of Sales
Emilia Tauss, Director of Category Leadership
Meredith Wiktorowski, Senior Director, PBC Sales

Procter & Gamble
Kerry-Anne Dempsey, Senior Account Executive
Rachel Dougherty, Senior Manager, Retail Supply
Josette Floyd, Associate Director, Customer Business Development
Joy Mead, Associate Director, Brand Management
Virginia Palmer, Associate Director, Customer Business Development
Lee Ann Terhune, Senior Account Executive

Karen Borman, VP, Finance
Patty Fishman, VP, GM/HBC
Lisa Gonzalez, VP Military Sales & Affiliations
Susan Grafton, SVP & Chief Accounting Officer
Tandy Harvey, SVP of Merchandising
Michele Murphy, EVP, HR & Communications
Karla Robertson, EVP, General Counsel
Nancy Superchi, VP Shared Services
Bekah Swan, VP Bakery & Deli
Michelle Nye, President, Supervalu/Farm Fresh
Patricia Amy, Director Technical Services, Western Region
Jody Barrick, Director, Deli & Bakery
Diana Colburn, Director of Human Resources
Kerry Corbet, Director of Marketing & Consumer Insights
Tucona Crowder, Director of Human Resources
Sheri Dalen, Account Manager
Courtney Daniel, Consumer Marketing Account Manager
Lisa Echard, Distribution Center General Manager
Jennifer Foster, Senior Director, Category Strategy
Ria Gray, Lead Merchandiser
Korine Headlee, Supply Chain Manager
Katie Held, Senior HR Manager
Pam Hietalati, Account Manager
Aija Jantz, Director of Consumer Marketing
Carrie Jensen, Corporate Director
Crystal Johnson, Corporate Communications Manager
Rima Kapadia, Director, Corporate Safety & Food Safety
Gail Kollman, Fresh Sales Consultant
Beth Kroutch, Distribution Center General Manager
Jessica London, Director, Store Development & Market Analysis
Anita Mercado, Senior Manager, SVUniversity & Enterprise Learning
Barb Parks, Director and Associate General Counsel
Liz Pham, Corporate Communications Manager
Vivian Rank, Senior Manager, Talent Development
Shelley Richardson, Human Resources Manager
Melissa Sax, Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition
Jacki Snyder, Director, Payment Services
Julie Soper, Consumer Marketing Account Manager
Jessica Spencer, Produce Business Support Manager
Mary Vander Leest, Corporate Communications Manager
Kim Hager, Deli Sales & Merchandising Manager, Farm Fresh
Elaine Manovich, Store Manager
Vicky Reiling, Store Manager
Jamie Jamison, Store Manager, Farm Fresh
Neyna Rose, Store Manager, Shoppers Food

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