Albertsons names new COO with Denningham retiring

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Albertsons names new COO with Denningham retiring

By David Salazar - 01/16/2018
Albertsons has announced that its president and COO Wayne Denningham will be retiring at the end of its fiscal year, leading it to appoint a new COO. The Boise, Idaho-based company named Susan Morris to the role of executive vice president and COO, which will see her overseeing Albertsons’ supply chain, manufacturing and operations.

[caption id="attachment_580534" align="alignleft" width="150"]Albertsons new EVP and COO Susan Morris Susan Morris[/caption]

“Susan is a talented leader within our company, and she fully embraces our entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to running really good stores,” Albertsons chairman and CEO Bob Miller said. “Susan raised her hand to come to Albertsons LLC in 2010 when she was a senior vice president of sales and marketing for a competitor, and she took the only job we had open — a grocery sales manager in our Southwest division. She has proven herself to be a valuable part of our leadership team in readily accepting new challenges, developing others and bringing teams together, and I know that her broad experience will be of significant value to Albertsons Companies as we move forward.”

Morris’ career has included such leadership roles as store director, corporate grocery sales director, vice president of bakery and operations and vice president of customer satisfaction. She was named Intermountain division president in 201 and was asked to lead the company’s Denver division in 2015. In 2016, she became executive vice president of East operations and took the helm of the company’s West region in March 2017.

As part of her new role, Morris will continue to head the company’s Seattle, Portland, Northern California and Southern California divisions. The reshuffle will leave Jim Perkins, executive vice president of operations and special projects, as president of Acme and Eastern divisions. Albertson’s Denver, Intermountain, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Southern, Southwest, and United divisions will be lead by Mike Wither, executive vice president of East region operations.