Albertsons is bolstering its leadership team with the appointment of Mary Beth West. Recently, the retailer tapped West to join the company’s Board of Directors, bringing over 30 years of experience to the team.
According to the press release, West has a proven track record of innovation and transformation across myriad facets of retail. West began her career at Kraft Foods. For the next 21 years, West worked on some of the food industry’s most iconic brands like Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Oreo, and Maxwell House coffee before being named Chief Marketing Officer in 2007.
Kraft Foods launched its snack foods division, Mondelēz International, in 2012, and West went with the new company to serve as Executive Vice President, Chief Category and Marketing Officer from 2012 to 2014.
West then left Mondelēz in 2015 and joined J.C. Penney Company after having served on its Board of Directors from November 2005 to May 2015. Then in 2017, West was tapped by The Hershey Company to be its Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer. She drove the company’s growth and marketing strategies as well as communication, disruptive innovation, research and development, and mergers and acquisitions. As the press release notes, West ignited the transformation of the company’s offerings beyond chocolate into snack categories before retiring from the company in January 2020.
“Mary Beth is one of the most accomplished leaders in marketing and retail today, and I am delighted to have her join our Board of Directors,” said Vivek Sankaran, President and CEO. “Her expertise in the food industry as well as her skill in driving innovation and consumer engagement will lend added depth and dimension to how our team builds lasting relationships with our customers.”
The press release notes West earned an M.B.A. in Marketing from Columbia University and a B.S. in Management from Nazareth College in Rochester. She is currently a member of the board of directors of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), a position she has held since June 2016.
We here at Deli Market News congratulate Mary Beth West on her most recent appointment!