Albertsons Companies announced a change in leadership this week, with EVP and Chief Operating Officer Wayne Denningham stepping into the role of President and Chief Operating Officer for Bob Miller, who will remain Chairman and CEO.
According to a press release, Denningham has been a part of the team since joining Albertsons Inc. in 1977 as a clerk, working his way up in the organization. He was most recently named EVP and Chief Operating Officer in April of 2015.
Denningham served in district manager roles in three different divisions, eventually becoming Division President, first of the Rocky Mountain division and later the Florida division. He was later promoted to Regional President for five divisions of Albertsons, before going on to become both Executive Vice President of Marketing & Merchandising and Executive Vice President of Operations, before leaving the company in 2004.
In 2006, Denningham joined Albertsons LLC as Division President of the Rocky Mountain, Florida, and Southern divisions, where he served over the next seven years. He was named Division President of the Southern California division in March 2013, after the company acquired 877 SuperValu stores. In January of 2015, following the retailer’s next big merger with Safeway, he became South Region Chief Operating Officer.
“This is the strongest leadership team I’ve worked with in my 50+ years in this industry,” said Bob Miller, Chairman and CEO of Albertsons Companies, who has served as President since April of 2015. “I asked Wayne to join Albertsons LLC in 2006 to lead our Rocky Mountain Division. Since that time, he’s led three different divisions, helped to negotiate and manage some of our most significant acquisitions, and successfully turned around some of our toughest assets. He’s a remarkable leader with tremendous grocery retail acumen, and I’m pleased that he’s accepted this new role.”
Albertsons noted that Denningham will continue to lead store operations, and his responsibilities will include added oversight in:
All the above departments will continue under their respective current leadership.
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