Network women dominate ‘Top Women in Grocery’ list
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Eighty-one women working at 10 Network of Executive Women sponsor
companies have been named "Top Women in Grocery” by Progressive Grocer
magazine. Women working for NEW sponsors represent nearly 60 percent of the 141
women recognized this year.
The 2011 Top Women in Grocery have "performed their jobs
admirably, with poise and aplomb, despite such daunting circumstances as an
adverse economy, cutthroat competition, organizational restructuring and market
share hurdles,” according to the magazine.
The 2011 Top Women in Grocery includes 45 executives, 24 "rising
stars” and 12 managers who work for NEW sponsors Acosta Sales & Marketing,
Ahold USA, Catalina Marketing Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, Crossmark, General
Mills Inc., The Kroger Company, PepsiCo, Safeway Inc. and Supervalu Inc.
Forty-three women from 10 NEW sponsors were recognized at the
executive level, including Pam Boynton, vice president, private
label brands from Acosta; and from Ahold USA: Nancy Appleby, vice
president of advertising and marketing planning; Sarah
Chartrand, senior vice president of diversity, talent management and
organization development; Jodie Daubert, senior vice president,
sales development; Mary Jane Jamrogowicz, vice president of information
management; Kathleen Koppenhaver, director of human resources,
Giant-Carlisle; Denise Mullen, vice president of direct store
delivery; Katherine Phillips, vice president of technical solutions and
services; Paula Price, executive vice president and CFO; Kathy Russello, senior
vice president of human resources; and Kelly Shade, vice president of
compensation and benefits.
Other executives named Top Women In
Grocery from NEW sponsor companies include Sharon Glass, group
vice president, health, beauty and wellness and business development for
Catalina Marketing; Bea Perez, chief
marketing officer, Coca-Cola North America; and from Crossmark, Hollie
Gonzales, executive vice president, client services, and Christine Mefford,
executive vice president and division CEO, Best Crossmark.
At NEW sponsor General Mills, Juliana L.
Chugg, senior vice president and president,
meals; Carolyn Kauppinen, director, customer operations; Lisa Nyhusmoen, director of training and development, sales;
and Ann W.H. Simonds, executive vice president and president, Pillsbury USA, have been named to the Top
Women in Grocery list.
Kroger is represented by Donna
Giordano, president, Quality Food
Centers, and Cindy Rantanen, vice
president of merchandising, Delta
Division. They are joined by Marie Quintana, senior vice president, multicultural sales for PepsiCo.
Safeway executives are on the 2011 Top Women in Grocery list. They include Traci Adams, vice
president and general manager, floral
operations; Christy Consler, senior vice president of public affairs,
government relations and corporate
social responsibility; Nancy
Cota, vice president of innovation, consumer
brands; Diane Dietz, executive vice president and chief marketing officer; Jewel Hunt, group vice president, pharmacy, health and
wellness; Dianne Lamendola, group vice president, information technology;
Teri Llach, group vice
president of marketing, Blackhawk Network; and Cathy Lord, vice
president, compensation. Joining them
are Amanda Martinez, vice president of manufacturing operations for U.S. grocery; Leslie Nelson, vice president of finance and chief financial officer, Texas
Division; Melissa Plaisance, senior vice president, finance and investor relations and executive
officer; Carrie Rasmussen, vice president, IT services and support; Lori
Raya, senior vice president of deli and
foodservice, branded concepts, dairy, refrigerated and frozen food; Larree Renda, executive vice president and
president, Safeway Health Co.; Talbott
Roche, co-founder and president,
Blackhawk Network; Michele Silva, vice president of human resources; and
Kathleen Smith, vice president of loss prevention.
Retail giant Supervalu is represented by Teresa Chipps, vice president, sales and marketing development, supply chain, Northern Region; Janel
Haugarth, executive vice president, merchandising
and logistics; Sue Klug, president,
Albertsons Southern California Division; Michele Murphy, senior vice
president, human resources and labor relations; Sherry Smith, executive vice
president and chief financial officer and Janet Sparkman, group vice president,
health and wellness.
Twenty-five women at five sponsor
companies are Progressive Grocer’s "rising stars.” They include 14 women from
Ahold USA: Magdalena Aragon, senior
manager, Top Source; Jacqui Buckley, director, division operations support, Stop & Shop, New England
Division; Julie Cummings, senior
director of program management; Deborah Farr, director of real estate; Diane Hicks, manager, sales and merchandising, Giant-Landover; Robin Moran, senior manager, diversity and talent
management, Giant-Landover; Amy Murphy, director, marketing and external communications, Stop & Shop, New
York Metro Division; Tiffany Pereira, service manager, Giant-Landover; Billye Pounds, senior human resources manager,
Giant-Landover; Lisa Richardson, manager,
sales and merchandising, Giant-Landover; Lisa Schaefer, manager, sales and merchandising, meat and
seafood, Stop & Shop, New England Division; Kelly Shanahan, manager, regional pharmacy operations,
Giant-Landover; Nichole Thompson, senior director, training and management development; and Stacy
Wiggins, district director,
Millie Muczko, senior director, training and development and Helena Williams, director, business, both of
Crossmark, are also "rising stars.” They are joined by Laurie Brown, director, financial operations, consumer food
sales, U.S. channels for General Mills, and, from Kroger: Rachael
Betzler, advertising manager,
Cincinnati/Dayton division; Melanie Greer, operations coordinator, King Soopers District 6; Rebecca King, consumer affairs manager, Southwest
Division; Kathy Lute, district manager, King Soopers; Michelle
Phanthavongsa, operations coordinator,
Mid-South Division; Donna Tanori, director, human resources, Fry's Food and Drug Stores Division; and Jennifer
Zubiate, director, customer first
strategy and diversity, Ralphs Grocery Stores.
Chon Tomlin, manager, external communication, Save-A-Lot Food Stores at Supervalu,
rounds out the "a rising star” list.
Store managers from sponsoring companies who were selected for the
Top Women in Grocery list include from Giant Food Stores, Rakonda
Delaney, Teresa Gibson and Anne
Kroger employs five
managers on the list: Alice
Jones, Diann Lewis, Jacqueline "Denise" McDonald, Shawn Myers and Julie M. Tolliver. Stop N Shop is represented by Kathleen
Allen, Anne Demchak, Lisa
Silvia and Beth Young.