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44 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | June 2016 Senior-LeveL executiveS vaLerie WiLSon vP, Merchandising Services, albertsons cos. For the Albertsons-Safeway merger, Wilson oversaw space planning, schematic develop- ment, merchandising systems and data governance; her hybrid space-planning and schematic development structure allowed for local control while leverag- ing the scale and expertise of a national production team. Wilson's teams built busi- ness processes and systems to support the newly merged decentralized organization. She created a company-wide merchandising execution program that significantly in- creased the efficiency of reset work by deploying dedicated reset teams and taking sche- matic development in-house, allowing more work to be done to impact sales at the shelf. Suzy Monford ceo, andronico's community Markets A fitness buff and certified holistic health coach, Monford created Andronico's FitMarket department and program, which led to partnerships with community members, includ- ing nutrition consultants avail- able to customers at no cost. She funded and developed the iTunes app Sweat.Works, a platform where FitBank participants could check in for their workouts and track their rewards. She launched events featur- ing yoga in Andronico's parking lots and gardening for children, and is working with UC Berkeley on a program in which students can track their workouts for Fit- Bank to donate money directly to local food banks. Maggie Bezart-HaLL vP, trade and Promotion, avocados from Mexico Bezart-Hall's influence permeated the category through innovative avocado programming in more than 28,000 stores. Her leadership of customer category programming led to avocado in-store store growth of 18 percent, to 220 percent; these programs have made the category the second-largest in the produce department. She helped pioneer support of registered dietitians in the produce industry, and led the category with support of the PMA and Oldways programs, offering expert insight and de- tailed information on avocados' nutritional benefits to retail and foodservice dietitians, aided by an in-house research and development team. taLBott rocHe ceo/President, Blackhawk network Blackhawk's board of directors appointed Roche to succeed William Y. Tauscher as CEO. Before this appointment, she was the company's presi- dent for more than five years, a role she continued to fill. Roche led Blackhawk's aggres- sive growth objective, including the completion of a number of acquisitions, like that of digital commerce platform and promo- tions network NimbleCommerce, that added to the company's offerings, scale and reach. One of San Francisco Business Times' Most influential Women in Bay Area Business, she has also received such industry- specific honors as a PYMNTS Innovator Award in the Women Driving Innovation in Payments category. taMara PattiSon SvP, digital Marketing and e-commerce, albertsons cos. Pattison's team launched the Just for U personalized loyalty program to new geographies, drove greater engagement in the Fuel Rewards program and de- veloped the digital road map to support the continued growth of mobile and social program participation. She helped her team extend the existing e-commerce of- fering by launching grocery delivery in four West Coast markets. At Albertsons, Pattison is executive sponsor of the Gen- Now employee resource group, and a foundational member of the Boise, Idaho, and Pleasanton, Calif., chapters of the Women's Inspiration & Inclusion Network (WIIN). MeLiSSa PLaiSance group vP, treasury and investor relations, albertsons cos. Plaisance led a company- wide process to identify incre- mental savings opportunities; she negotiated payments contracts, leading to millions of dollars of annual savings. She was instrumental in the Albertsons IPO process, including preparation of the S-1 and presentation materials; participated directly in the in- vestors roadshow; was involved in raising $11 billion of debt financing; and coordinated efforts among Treasury, IT and information security on the payments side of the business. Plaisance serves as presi- dent of Bucknell University's alumni board and is a member of the National Investor Rela- tions Institute. Lori raya President, Southern california division, albertsons cos. Raya successfully integrated Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions stores into one division, com- bining company cultures and reinventing many processes and strategies while achieving same-store sales growth and creating 1,400 new jobs. A longtime supporter of Special Olympics Southern California, she spurred her division to raise awareness and funds — $478,077 in just two weeks — for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, for which Albertsons served as the official grocery sponsor. Following the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings, Raya led a divi- sion-wide fundraiser garnering $372,624.38 for the Arrowhead United Way's San Bernardino Victim Fund in just nine days. Karen SaLeS vP, Shopper Marketing, albertsons cos. Sales formed a department team from scratch to support the combined Albertsons- Safeway organization, imple- menting policies and proce- dures for finance, accounting, advertising, merchandising and operations to support the new breakout of 14 divisions, and absorbing more than 100 additional stores purchased over the course of the year. She launched a centralized in-store demo solution this past February, with an expected impact of significant savings to vendor partners and increased sales for the company over the course of the next two years. Sales added and implement- ed five incremental national CPG-supported shopper events.