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92 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | June 2016 Rising staRs CaRol Donnoli Bakery Field Merchandiser, Kings Food Markets In her role supporting bakery managers at 33 loca- tions across two banners and five states, Donnoli helped to lead key initiatives, including remerchandising all bakery departments and procuring new fixtures. She helped lead a system- wide rollout of bakery produc- tion- planning tools that resulted in a reduction of the department's shrink by more than 0.50 percent. Donnoli was instrumental in the creation and execution of a new demo program that dramatically raised the in- store customer experience. lauRa gRanston Research and Development Manager, Kings Food Markets/ Balducci's Responsible for overseeing prepared food R&D, Granston played a significant admin- istrative role in ensuring that the catering system was routinely updated to reflect new menu and item develop- ment, and was a key player in a related e-commerce project. In partnership with the quality assurance and merchant teams to ensure that quality and taste profile standards were met, she was integral to the expansion of the private label program. Granston launched a private business, Boutique Sweets, a gourmet dessert catering company, which was featured on The Cooking Channel. MaRyann KlejMont area Director, Kings Food Markets A former general store manager, Klejmont became the company's first female area director, helping to recruit, onboard, train and develop two new general store managers. She successfully led major remodels at four of her 11 locations, delivering financial results that supported the company's return on invest- ment year to date. Klejmont championed a new waste program, which resulted in double-digit shrink reductions in each of the per- ishables departments in her three focus stores. julia Benitez site leader, the Kroger Co./ turkey Hill Dairy As site leader for the 104,000-square-foot Vander- voort Dairy, Benitez main- tained the highest levels of safety, quality and reliability, as well as wielding profit-and- loss responsibility, which in 2015 resulted in $9.434 million in operating profit. A former U.S. Marine Corps major who joined the plant in 2013, she reduced nega- tive consumer comments by 5.19 percent, and the dairy set all-time records for labor productivity, efficiency and cost per unit. Benitez's team maintained a preventive maintenance com- pliance rate of 98.3 percent. lynDsay RogeRs senior Director, sales, Kellogg Co. Leading sales for Kellogg's snack business for The Kroger Co., Rogers was responsible for overseeing a multimillion-dol- lar revenue stream across both warehouse and DSD networks. She produced the high- est single-account growth performance in 2015 within Kellogg's grocery sales team. Rogers was integral in people development as a key part of an internal com- mittee to write global sales competencies, which serve as the foundation for evaluat- ing sales talent and career plan development, and will provide far-reaching benefits for years to come. niCole zuBe Director, Human Resources, global u.s. sales, Kellogg Co. Zube demonstrated great leadership by orchestrating the largest-ever sales-restructuring effort to transform the sales organization into four business units for greater connectivity. She was instrumental in es- tablishing guiding principles by teaming with sales leads to build the new structure and subsequently lead its overall execution. Zube led the development of Kellogg's new People Develop- ment Committee, focusing on career progression, develop- ment and advancement, in tandem with successful college recruiting efforts that have seeded a diversity platform to build a talent pipeline reflect- ing today's diverse consumers. MiCHele gissi interactive Marketing and PR Manager, Key Food Following Key Food's ac- quisition of A&P stores, Gissi helped integrate more than 20 locations, which included streamlining their digital presence under the Key Food banner. She set the marketing bud- get for all stores and helped identify opportunities to bring in vendors to help offset the budget by implementing co-promotions. Gissi spearheaded a number of marketing partnerships, including a joint market- ing campaign with Procter & Gamble, #TheClosestRivals, featuring the New York Jets and New York Giants, as well as a new venture with the Brooklyn Nets. MaRal BanKs Research and Development Chef, Kings Food Markets In addition to her core duties with the deli business, Banks teamed with Kings' director of seafood to develop and launch salmon burgers made fresh at store level; these items pro- duced tremendous sales results. She worked with a key ven- dor partner to develop a new core item for the company that provided better consistency in taste profile and freed up store teams to work on other unique items. Banks also helped create other new items with cleaner ingredient profiles and improved flavor and appear- ance. Sales of these items have exceeded the budget. Banks volunteered at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.