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Albertsons announced yesterday that Susan Morris, who has been running the company’s West Region Operations since March 2017, has been named the company’s new Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, “overseeing the company’s Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Operations functions.”

Morris will succeed Wayne Denningham, the company’s president/COO, who is retiring after more than 40 years with the company, where he started as a teenaged clerk.

The announcement says that “Morris began her career in Albertsons Denver Division while still in high school and worked her way up in the ranks … Her career has spanned roles from Store Director to Corporate Grocery Sales Director, Vice President of Bakery and Operations and, upon the sale of Albertson’s Inc.’s assets to SUPERVALU, Vice President of Customer Satisfaction. In 2013, Morris was named Intermountain Division President after a three-year stint in the company’s Southwest Division, and subsequently was asked to lead the Denver Division in 2015. Morris was named EVP, East Operations in April 2016 and was moved to lead West Region Operations in March 2017.”

Albertsons says that “Morris will continue to lead the Seattle, Portland, Northern California and Southern California divisions as part of her role. Jim Perkins, EVP Operations and Special Projects, will continue as President of the Acme and Eastern divisions. Mike Withers, EVP East Region Operations will lead the remaining 6 divisions, which include Denver, Intermountain, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Southern, Southwest, and United.”
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