Boise, Idaho — Albertsons Companies has promoted Mike Withers, current president of the Jewel-Osco division, to executive vice president, retail operations, for Albertsons Companies.
Withers will lead the company's East Region operations, while the current executive vice president, retail operations, Susan Morris, will lead the West Region. Jim Perkins, executive vice president, retail operations special projects, is focused on targeted initiatives to accelerate growth. All three executives will continue to report to Wayne Denningham, president and COO.
"Mike is an exceptional leader who understands our business and market areas from coast to coast," says Denningham. "Throughout his career, Mike has worked closely with many members of our current leadership team, and his management experience and operations expertise will help all of our divisions run really great stores."
Withers began his career with Albertsons in 1976 in Boise, Idaho. Like many of the company's executives, he started as a courtesy clerk and gradually worked his way up until he was running his own store. He served as district manager in both Washington and Florida and was eventually promoted to Big Sky Division president with responsibilities for store operations in Montana and North Dakota, a role he also held in both the Florida and Portland divisions. Since 2006, Withers has served as vice president of marketing and merchandising for the Florida and Southern divisions, and president of the Southern and Jewel-Osco divisions.
Withers will be based at the company's Boise, Idaho, corporate campus.
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States with stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia, operating under 19 banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs.
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