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Food Lion's Meg Ham honored as Trailblazer

Thursday, November 12, 2015  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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NEW Board member Meg Ham, president of Food Lion, was honored as the 2015 Top Women in Grocery Trailblazer at Progressive Grocer's annual gala awards celebration in Orlando, Nov. 12.

Established in 2012 by Progressive Grocer and the Network of Executive Women, the Trailblazer award recognizes a single executive whose leadership, vision and influence have helped break new ground for women in the retail food industry.

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"Meg is a strong advocate for women’s leadership inside and outside her company — and I have witnessed her passion and commitment first hand during her outstanding service on the Network’s Board of Directors," NEW Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships Nancy Krawczyk said at the event. "We need more leaders like Meg."

Krawczyk quoted Delhaize CEO Kevin Holt, who has praised Ham for her "unique and highly admirable characteristic of being able to bring people together and coach them into a unified team.”

For more than 26 years, Ham has built her career as a food retailer, focused on the value of service to customers and associates. She joined the Delhaize America family of supermarkets in 1988. Her wide-ranging leadership roles have included leading brand operations for Bottom Dollar Food, Bloom, Food Lion, Harveys and Reid’s, as well as overseeing dry merchandising initiatives, with responsibilities for perishable and nonperishable product procurement and merchandising. She has been active in the banner’s pricing strategies, integrating Food Lion’s supply chain with other Delhaize America supermarkets, and leading efforts to maximize in-store merchandising. She also held a variety of leadership roles at Scarborough, Maine-based Hannaford Supermarkets for more than 10 years.

Power networking

The day-long Top Women in Grocery event included remarks by Deanie Elsner, recently appointed president of U.S. Snacks at Kellogg Co., and a Strategic Networking Primer presented by Krawczyk and Learning Manager Eileen Tarjan, which set the stage well for concurrent peer circle breakout discussion groups led by Krawczyk, Tarjan, Becky Estby of Coborn’s Inc., Lois M. Fruhwirth of Procter & Gamble, Jewel Hunt of Albertsons/Safeway, Michele Murphy of Supervalu and Rachel Rogers of The Hershey Co.

A "Tips from the Top" panel discussion featured insights from accomplished women leaders, including Ham, Elsner and past Trailblazer Award recipients Janel Haugarth of Supervalu Inc. and Lynn Marmer of The Kroger Co.

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. This year, a slate of 300 women hailing from some of the most admired organizations in the U.S. supermarket industry have been named as 2015 Top Women in Grocery.

Full list of 2015 Top Women in Grocery

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