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50 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | June 2016 Senior-LeveL executiveS voni WoodS vP, deli and Bakery, Giant eagle inc. After successfully running Giant Eagle's deli business for many years, Woods took on additional leadership duties for the bakery business. She was instrumental in generating improvements through innovative products and merchandising in bakery, leading to a net gain of more than 10 percent. The recipient of numerous company and industry awards, Woods — the first-ever woman to chair the IDDBA board — founded the Giant Eagle Wom- en's Business Resource Group, which to date has grown to more than 700 members; her employee development efforts also included taking part in an internal video on growth op- portunies at Giant Eagle. SaBrina WieWeL SvP/chief customer officer, Hallmark cards inc. A passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, Wiewel guided all aspects of Hallmark's marketplace, work- place and workforce. Under her leadership, the company elevated its diverse and active employee resource group community — Wiewel herself chairs the Asian-Amer- ican Resource Community at Hallmark — and received a 100 percent score on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index. Identifying a gap in both LGBTQIA and Asian-American products, Wiewel led award-win- ning work to bring a customized and unique assortment to a Wal- greens store in San Francisco's LGBT-centric Castro neighbor- hood, and began focusing on localized retail solutions. KriSti MaGnuSon neLSon President/owner, Hugo's Family Marketplace The leader of Hugo's Family Marketplace and Hugo's Wine & Spirits, Nelson undertook a major renovation and remodel project for five Minnesota and North Dakota stores, which added many new features, including expanded natural food sections and more deli choices, and resulted in im- pressive sales gains. In addition to leading an innovative and impactful so- cial media strategy to engage and reach customers, Nelson was instrumental in team- ing with a local health care facility to introduce a Healthy Living program. Nelson was recognized as one of Prairie Business Magazine's Top 25 Women in Business in February 2016. Mary FuHrMan vP, Produce and Floral, Hy-vee Under Fuhrman's leadership, Hy-Vee's specialty foods sub- sidiary experienced double- digit growth. Having significantly expand- ed the chain's international food offerings with a direct- import program with Italian food companies, Fuhrman helped lead her division's cat- egory growth for private label across many lines, as well as playing an instrumental role in doubling the scope and size of Hy-Vee's in-store HealthMarket departments. In her current role, Fuhrman oversaw the implementation of a company-wide produce, floral and salad bar marketing program, and helped develop and execute a successful full-service, made-to- order salad bar initiative. KatHerine FuLLer vP/Managing director, crossmark Fuller drove top- and bottom- line performance, exceeding her stretch revenue target by an additional $271,000, and leading her team to the most profitable year since its 2008 inception; she also worked with the business development team to grow rev- enue, a proactive effort resulting in an incremental $972,000 She established strong rela- tionships across her client port- folio, retaining an at-risk client that was key to the company's convenience store relationship. Executive leadership asked Fuller to join a client initia- tive to highlight the above program's value, her efforts garnering visibility for the team's performance and quality provided. SHeiLa GaMBLe SvP, client development, crossmark Gamble led the rollout of a new client go-to-market strat- egy, including its development, refinement and implementation. She headed the growth in- novation summit to introduce Crossmark's new organizational structure and processes, work- ing with an outside company to help coordinate and facilitate the kickoff as well as related ongoing training; this included the formalization of all new job descriptions and the develop- ment of employee playbooks. Gamble championed efforts to develop Net Promoter Score (NPS) within the company, marking the first formalized ef- fort to improve clients' satisfac- tion to ensure their continuing growth and innovation. JenniFer HatcHer SvP, Government and Public affairs, Food Marketing institute (FMi) Hatcher successfully led the industry's legislative and regulatory efforts on multiple public policy fronts, most recently in relation to menu labeling and GMO labeling proposals. When an outage by a major service provider caused massive disruptions in electronic pay- ment systems throughout the industry, she worked nights and weekends to ensure that food retailers' needs were addressed and that affected companies had a means of redress. Hatcher oversaw the indus- try's work with Congress to reau- thorize and reform the Women, Infants and Children program. HiLary tHeSMar Senior director, Media and Public relations, Food Marketing institute (FMi) Thesmar's work facilitated implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the biggest change to food safety laws in 70-plus years; to help with compli- ance, she coordinated four training sessions for food retailers and wholesalers. She regularly visited FMI members to consult on food safety best practices, including store tours during which she provided hands-on instruction and shared training methods. Thesmar worked with FMI's Food Protection Committee to develop new publications to aid retailers' food safety ef- forts, and led implementation of the "Produce Safety Best Practices Guide for Retailers."