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JUN 2016

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64 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | June 2016 Senior-LeveL executiveS HeatHer HanScom chief information Security officer, Supervalu In 2016 alone, Hanscom and her team managed 10-plus key security projects, including PCI recertification, deploying an industry-leading Cyber Se- curity Operations Center and enhancing the organization's cybersecurity capabilities. Immediately upon joining Supervalu, she reviewed exist- ing security programs, made recommendations for improve- ments and built a team to accomplish these goals. Hanscom and her team rolled out company-wide security and phishing training programs to ensure that all Supervalu as- sociates knew about protecting the company's data and assets. anne Dament SvP, merchandising- Grocery, target corp. Dament co-led a cross- functional, detailed strategic review of Target's grocery business, resulting in sig- nificant changes to almost all aspects of the department. While working on the long- term strategic review, she also focused on perishables and customer experience, resulting in several months of comparable-store sales growth and increased profitability. Dament oversaw all grocery divisional leaders and the day- to-day operation of Target's $19 billion grocery business, with direct management account- ability for assortment, vendor relations, presentation, pricing, and grocery profit and loss. KatHerine tatSuDa ceo, tatsuda's iGa Tatsuda oversaw a complete $2.7 million makeover of Tat- suda's 42-year-old store while keeping it open for business the entire time, replacing all refrigeration and shelving, and most of the equipment. She also expanded the store's organic, natural and specialty foods section, as well as adding more prepared food selections. Tatsuda's goal was to create a caring atmosphere for both customers and associates, and she was committed to finding the right personalities to work in the store, where associates are asked to not only help customers, but also each other and vendors. LinDa Severin vP, marketing, topco associates Severin fielded 21 market re- search studies that reached more than 10,000 shoppers to cultivate a shopper-centric, data-driven ap- proach, and updated or introduced several brands, including Simply Done, a nonfood mega-brand; Full Circle Market, an organic and natural brand; Paws Happy Life; and Food Club. She led her teams to improve packaging development speed to market by at least 34 percent in 2015, which translated into 58 extra days on the shelf for 333 new items that added $4.3 million in sales. Currently, Severin is develop- ing several new brands, including a brand for culinary adventurers, a mainstream deli brand and a premium pet brand. cyntHia mccLouD Director, Food industry Program, university of Southern california (uSc) marshall School of Business McCloud completely re- worked and revalidated the curriculum for the 2015 food industry management (FIM) class to be more relevant for today's food industry execu- tives, and established a USC FIM HR Council to share best practices related to selecting, onboarding and nurturing USC FIM students. Her efforts led to the high- est enrollment in the FIM USC class in more than 30 years. McCloud designed, submit- ted and was granted ap- proval to introduce a Master of Science in Food Industry Management and Leadership program at the USC Marshall School of Business that will be offered in fall 2017. HoLLy yeattS Store owner/manager, vista Foods Having taken over the company from her father, Yeatts grew a thriving business even in the face of increased com- petition from big-box retailers and dollar stores, managing two locations 30 miles apart in rural western Virginia. She oversaw all operational aspects of the company, from government regulations and health department compliance to banking and insurance, dividing her time between the two stores. Active in her community, Yeatts is a member of the Bed- ford Chamber of Commerce, volunteers and plays the piano at events throughout the year, and created 130 food baskets for the Alta Vista Rotary Club to go to needy families this past holiday season. WenDy Garrett vP/co-owner, Wakefield's Great valu Garrett's leadership and commitment led to the biggest sales growth in the history of Wakefield's Great Valu, which has been in operation for nearly a quarter of a century. Responsible for all areas of operation, she oversaw the store's major remodel, which spurred a 14.3 percent increase in fiscal year 2014, and helped push out a competitor for a 15.2 percent increase in fiscal year 2015; the remodel included put- ting the finishing touches on a new d├ęcor package. For the past year, Garrett has been preparing her son to take over the helm of Great Valu upon her retirement in the next five to six years, re- sulting in a dramatic improve- ment in his performance. Senior-LeveL executiveS Of this year's 385 Top Women in Grocery, there are 101 Senior-Level Executives representing 50 companies hailing from all over the country. Senior-Level Executives comprise the smallest number of honorees in this year's winners' circle, and include such titles as VP, president, SVP, EVP, COO and CEO. n i o r - L e v e L

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