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38 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | June 2016 Senior-LeveL executiveS cathy eaSt vP, Procurement, Meat/Seafood/Deli, albertsons cos. East played a vital role in supporting distribution cen- ter IT integration, providing key insights and guidance for data conversion and post-con- version support roles specific to perishable procurement. She hired management staff and developed a multifaceted training program for new de- centralized procurement teams representing 10 newly estab- lished independently managed distribution centers, and placed all centralized department ap- plicants in new roles within the organization. East collaborated with cross-functional teams to reduce excess inventory across the enterprise, saving the company millions of dollars in working capital. Lori DuPre vP, retail Support, Deli and Prepared Food-east region, albertsons cos. Dupre implemented a pro- gram that helped some stores regain lost sales and others realize a completely new sales opportunity by placing pre- sliced, grab-and-go deli meats and cheeses in free-standing refrigerated display cases. To properly introduce Own Brands and build a relation- ship between teams, she convened a multiday off-site meeting to introduce products and present data showing years of success and growth. Dupre is the event lead for a new corporate women's networking group that allows others the opportunity to hone their skills related to project development and col- laboration. Kate coLer vP, Federal Government relations, albertsons cos. Coler was active in ad- vancing legislation to create federal standards for inform- ing consumers about foods that contain GMOs, to provide flexibility in regard to menu- labeling regulations, and to expand supermarket pharma- cists' scope of service. She was the key information officer on Capitol Hill for the Albertsons-Safeway merger, both before and after it received final FTC approval, updating policy- makers about the new company and its key business goals. Coler became chairman of Food Marketing Institute's Government Relations Com- mittee in 2015, facilitating collaboration among member companies. Stacey Brown vP, Labor, Government and employment Law, albertsons cos. Brown stabilized and im- proved the labor-management relationship, enabling the company to operate more efficiently and flexibly; this improved relationship also extended to various state and local governments in which the Eastern division operates. She was given oversight of all litigation and contractual matters affecting the division, resulting in a streamlined legal review process and sub- stantial cost containments in litigation management. Brown led negotiations with multiple unions and politi- cal officials to obtain control over the division's distribu- tion center, greatly increasing supply chain capabilities and efficiencies. Kathy BraDy vP, retail Support Deli Foodservice-west region, albertsons cos. As part of the Safeway acquisi- tion, Brady rapidly deployed signature and best practice programs that generated double- digit increases for the total deli foodservice department, the highest growth rate of any other department across the total store. Her role of coaching, training and mentoring sales managers and operations spe- cialists led to unified collabo- ration across the divisions. Brady advised the Own Brands team on how best to support sales managers through division visits, asking questions and understanding the role of a sales manager in a decentralized model; as a re- sult, divisions began accepting more Own Brand items. Stacy wiGGinS SvP, operations, ahold uSa/Stop & Shop new england The company's only female operations SVP, Wiggins was the only person in Ahold USA's his- tory to have worked in all four of its divisions, giving her the ability to create a more unified company through idea sharing. She successly boosted the financial results and em- ployee engagement scores of the Carlisle and New England divisions, displaying a talent for reversing the fortunes of regions struggling to change with the culture. A U.S Army veteran, Wiggins is active in the Boys and Girls Club, helping families in need and spending time with young children to teach them about teamwork, responsibility and developing relationships. KriStina rota vP, accounting and control, ahold uSa Rota volunteered to take a lead role in Delhaize-Ahold merger activities, specifically in the actions required to gain regulatory approval to complete the deal; she also led the fi- nance work stream for merger- related activities, collaborating with multiple stakeholders to coordinate the development of plans and execution of tasks. She led and directed the corporate close process, ensur- ing the timeliness and accu- racy of financial statements. Rota was accountable for corporate reporting of finan- cial results, disclosures and key metrics for Ahold USA and its subsidiaries, along with the oversight of the external audit of the financial results. aMy hahn SvP, Marketing, ahold uSa Hahn developed and launched a consumer communication campaign for investment in lower shelf prices, instilling a Best Cus- tomer mindset and strategy across the organization, grounded in customer insights-driven segmen- tation, including first-of-its-kind mapping into loyalty systems to enable merchants, marketers and suppliers to build plans and strate- gies to targeted customers. She increased marketing effectiveness and investment al- location across multiple channels, delivering improved ROI, including a fourfold increase in sales from media strategy. Hahn led Ahold USA's digital strategy and personalized marketing, resulting in double- digit growth.