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Network women dominate ‘Top Women in Grocery’ list

Tuesday, June 14, 2011  
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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.

Seventeen 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.

Rising stars

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, Giant-Landover.

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

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 Singleton.

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.