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52 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | June 2016 Senior-LeveL executiveS Monica BonaMego cFo, Kings Food Markets/Balducci's As CFO for the two compa- nies with revenue in excess of $500 million, Bonamego, who is also a CPA, constantly challenged the status quo, providing groundbreaking so- lutions and valuable insights for growth. She identified, acquired and implemented a financial soft- ware system that automated internal processes, increased organizational efficiency and provided tools to improve year-over-year results by 35 percent. An active member of the real estate committee, Bonamego developed a prop- erty system of evaluation and review that ensures accurate and measurable ROI mile- stones and benchmarks. JeSSica gaSSer SvP, talent and technology, Kings Food Markets Promoted to her current role this past February, Gas- ser enjoyed many successes in the past year, among them negotiating five union contracts on behalf of Kings without any disruption to business, and at zero cost to the company. She reduced health care costs by $2 million, with mini- mal effect to associates' cover- age, and led the reorganiza- tion and staffing of a critical sales arm of the organization, which resulted in a top-level, high-performance team. Under her leadership and superior project management, a newly acquired company was fully integrated into the host system in a completely seamless fashion. Brenda greinKe Senior director, indirect Sourcing, the Kroger co. Greinke evinced a high level of adaptability by transitioning noncore work from her sourcing team to the facilities team. She and her team exceeded their savings target of $20 billion by completing large projects regarding third-party maintenance, structural steel, refrigerant, copper piping and other areas; by using her deep knowledge of store construc- tion and operations, she was able to find many internal synergies with suppliers to add to their Kroger business and build stronger, mutually beneficial partnerships. She was a key leader in the sourcing and procurement of many new items and fixtures for Kroger's new Main & Vine format. thereSa Monti vP, total rewards, the Kroger co. Monti led the Total Rewards team in a new strategic direc- tion: to meet associates where they are in life and offer ben- efits and programs that matter most across a multigenerational workforce. She particularly strove to engage the growing number of Millennial employees via programs and communica- tion emphasizing the value of working for Kroger. Under her leadership, Kroger was named one of the "100 healthiest companies in America" in 2015 by Healthi- est Employer LLC. As the point person for merg- er company integration, her leadership was invaluable as Kroger merged with Roundy's, encompassing the transition of 23,000 associates. Wendy hiatt vP, Brand and image Marketing, hy-vee Under Hiatt's leadership, Hy- Vee saw a 228 percent increase in Instagram followers, a 138 percent growth in Twitter followers and a 50 percent in- crease in Facebook fans in 2015. She led the launch of Hy-Vee's entrance into the Twin Cities, which included a fully integrated campaign consisting of numer- ous direct mail pieces, digital advertising, fliers and billboards, all in keeping with the grocer's brand but designed specifically to appeal to the new market. As Hy-Vee celebrated its 85 th anniversary, Hiatt and her team brought back a well-known company promotion, Brands for Brands, with an updated twist that tied into the grocer's Fuel Saver + Perks card. SheiLa Laing evP, government/industry relations, chief customer officer, hy-vee In the short time since Laing became Hy-Vee's chief customer officer, in June 2015, she's made significant advances, among them doubling the size of the customer care department, the size and scope of recruiting ef- forts, and the size of the training and education department; in regard to the last item, she over- saw the rollouts of new employee certification programs for cheese, wine and cake design specialists. She planned strategic initiatives to realign both company-wide meetings and Hy-Vee management group and communication meetings. Laing was elected a per- manent member of Hy-Vee's executive committee and board of directors. Mary Kay o'connor vP, education, international dairy-deli- Bakery association (iddBa) Coinciding with her 30 th anniversary with IDDBA, O'Connor led the release of the 30 th -anniversary issue of "What's in Store," a trends book and online service for manufacturer, grocery retail, distributor and broker members. She is manag- ing editor and founder of the publication. She led the charge for the groundbreaking Safe Food Matters! Focus on Listeria campaign launched last year by IDDBA, developing new ad- vertising, public relations and social media for the effort. O'Connor oversaw the creation of Show & Sell Center 2015 and the first-time-ever Show & Sell workshops at IDDBA's annual Dairy-Deli-Bake conference. chriStie WiLMer vP, Kroger team Sales, Kellogg co. Overseeing a $1 billion busi- ness for 14 Kroger divisions and Harris Teeter across four Kellogg's business units, Wilmer built a high-performing 40-member team and established a best-in- class partnership via collabora- tive, intuitive leadership. She was one of five global winners, out of 30,000 employ- ees, to receive Kellogg's highest associate award — the W.K. Kellogg Values Award, named for the company founder — via nominations from her colleagues. Wilmer created the Cincy One organization, spanning sales and distribution facilities, to focus on community engagement and reaching out to local schools for recruiting efforts, as well as to build a strong brand for Kellogg in Kroger's hometown.