Safeway Inc has announced that Bruce Everette is retiring as executive vice president, retail operations after a 44-year career at the company.
Kelly Griffith, currently president of merchandising, has been chosen to succeed Everette.
Everette's career began in 1968 as a clerk in Virginia, US. He worked his way up the retail management ranks, holding positions in several geographies, including Oklahoma, Arizona, Illinois and Northern California.
He was named president of the company's Phoenix Division in 1995 and, three years later, became president of the Northern California Division. He was named executive vice president of retail operations in 2001.
"We are deeply grateful to Bruce for his significant and lasting contribution to our company's success," said chairman and CEO Steve Burd. "He is the consummate operating executive whose results and people-oriented approach to the business leave an unmistakable imprint on who we are as a company."
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