Albertsons names longtime vet Jewel-Osco division president


BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons’ Jewel-Osco division has a new executive at the helm. The company has named Doug Cygan division president, effective immediately, overseeing 186 stores in Ill., Ind. and Iowa.


Cygan was most recently Jewel-Osco’s VP marketing and merchandising. He joined the company in April 1980 as a part-time clerk, staying with the chain as he completed his education at Western Michigan University and moving into roles of increasing responsibility. He has held such titles as store director, marketing director, VP fresh merchandising and VP grocery merchandising. He became VP marketing and merchandising in 2011. 


“Doug knows Chicago customers and Jewel-Osco better than anyone in the business,” Albertsons president and COO Wayne Denningham said. “Jewel-Osco’s secret to success has always been knowing what Chicago customers want – from local products to specialty items to offering the best in fresh. Doug’s 37 years with Jewel-Osco uniquely positions him to lead this fantastic team, and we’re excited to have someone of his caliber directing our operations there.”


Denningham assumed his position as president and COO on April 19, and Cygan’s promotion comes as former Jewel-Osco division president Mike Withers moves into his new position as EVP retail operations for Albertsons, leading its east region. Denningham, Cygan and Withers have all been with Albertsons or one of its banners for more than 25 years each. 


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