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Rising staRs BRooke HodieRne director, own Brands and sourcing, giant eagle inc. Instrumental in achiev- ing significant cost savings throughout Giant Eagle, Hodi- erne led the launch of an online vendor bid program for key seasonal offerings, resulting in significant sales and profit. Her innovative thinking enabled Giant Eagle to launch a three-tiered approach to Own Brands strategy that further improved overall market launch. Hodierne's three-year strategic growth platform increased market penetration, leading to profitable growth for Giant Eagle's most impor- tant brands. suzanne olson director, Customer service development, giant eagle inc. Olson and her team aug- mented conventional training by developing a video series to capture the hearts and minds of associates and guests. She led a successful chain- wide initiative to participate in National Customer Ser- vice Week, which not only celebrated team members, but also brought fun into the workplace through customer service challenges, recognition systems, and clear metrics to improve customer engagement. Olson was a 2015 winner of the prestigious Giant Eagle Chair- man's Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation Award. CoRy Renn director, Corporate advertising, giant eagle inc. Renn played a critical role in reducing the time to close financial results during each fiscal period. She led changes for the entire accounting team's ac- count reconciliations process, which resulted in a sig- nificant work reduction, with overall improved efficiencies. Renn completed additional projects within account rec- onciliation software, which included increasing auto certification by 40 percent, and led a new vacation policy implementation to include more detailed records and calculations, thereby improving audits and valida- tions, as well as subsequent adjustments. JessiCa szalla technology service desk Manager, giant eagle inc. Szalla's key role on an in- formation technology service management project gener- ated vast improvements and measurable efficiencies. A mentor to her direct reports and others, Szalla facilitated the promotions of seven members of her team, exemplifying her dedication to setting her team up for success through performance goals and well-developed ac- tion plans. She led the redevelopment of the IT department's on-the- spot recognition program from a paper to a digital format, which had a positive impact on team member POV scores. RaCHel sHultz Marketing Communications Manager, eCRM Shultz co-launched ECRM's Content Gateway, the event company's first content marketing platform, playing a major part in its strategy, direction and design. She developed and ex- ecuted ECRM's first corporate marketing video program, which educated event at- tendees and prospective attendees on how to optimize their event experience and best leverage ECRM's process and technology. Shultz led the execution of ECRM's 2015 corporate re- branding initiative, develop- ing the creative and formats for a complete array of corpo- rate marketing materials. Jayne deluCa Manager, Real inventory systems and development, giant eagle inc. DeLuca produced excep- tional results for several major company initiatives by developing a five-tiered plan to reduce the known invento- ry-loss gap by 10 percent and save more than $4 million. She created a sustain- able inventory-tracking process that enabled retail department leaders to better manage inventory to reduce losses through the use of technology. DeLuca was integral in the rollout of a new monitoring tool that targeted some 50 fraudulent front end activi- ties, saving the company more than $250,000. Congratulations! for being selected as 2016 Top Women in Grocery Wendy Sokol Anna Cucchiara Elaine Cole Elizabeth Stark •

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