Albertsons LLC Reorg: Perkins To Head Acme, Sampson Leaves Landover For Shaw’s/Star

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Albertsons LLC announced the new organizational set up it will employ after the transaction with Supervalu is completed in mid-March. Several former Albertsons executives will be rejoining the new and expanded Albertsons LLC organization (which includes 877 stores that were formerly Supervalu owned).

At Malvern, PA based Acme Markets, Jim Perkins will become division president. Perkins, formerly vice president of operations for Albertsons Inc., and director of operations for Albertsons LLC’s Southern division, began his career at Albertsons in 1982. He is returning to the company after having held the role of regional vice president with Giant/Landover.

Shane Sampson will take the helm Shaw’s and Star Markets in New England. Sampson was formerly vice president of marketing and merchandising for the Albertsons LLC Southern Division and started with Albertsons in 1983 and was a division president in the Intermountain and Florida divisions of Albertson’s Inc. Sampson is returning to the company after having held the role of senior vice president operations at Giant/Landover.

At Jewel Osco in the Chicago market, William Emmons will become division president. Formerly Southern division president of Albertsons LLC, Emmons is returning to the company following his retirement in October 2010. He began his career at Albertsons in 1971.

At the Albertsons divisions, the division presidents will be: Dennis Bassler in the Northwest division (he is currently an Albertsons district manager and was formerly SVP-merchandising/marketing for Albertsons Inc.); Susan Morris in the Intermountain division (she is currently SVP-marketing/merchandising for the Southwest division); Wayne Denningham in the Southern California division (currently Southern division president); Mike Withers at the Southern division (currently SVP-marketing/merchandising for the Southern division); and Shane Dorcheus at the Southwest division (the same position he currently holds).

The current division presidents will remain in place until the transaction closes. They are: Sam Wyche at Acme Markets; Dan Sanders at Albertsons SoCal; Mike Clawson and Albertsons Intermountain; Brian Huff at Jewel-Osco and Mike Stigers at Shaw’s/Star Market.

According to the announcement, “Bob Butler, currently executive vice president of pperations for Albertsons LLC, will become chief operating officer with responsibility for all Albertsons banner stores. The Albertsons divisions will be operated by Albertsons LLC. Justin Dye, currently chief strategy officer, will be named chief operating officer, with responsibilities for the Acme, Jewel, and Shaws/Star Markets banners, and the total company pharmacy operation, which will be operated by New Albertsons, Inc. (NAI).

“Albertsons LLC and NAI will both be operated by AB Acquisition Inc., which will be led by CEO Bob Miller. Rick Navarro, chief financial officer; Paul Rowan, general counsel; Andrew Scoggin, executive vice president of human resources and public affairs; and Mark Bates, chief information officer will oversee their respective functions at both Albertsons LLC and NAI.”

The company also announced the formation of a new Northwest division office, to be based in Portland, OR, that will manage operations for stores in northern Idaho Oregon and Washington.

An internal memo from Sam Duncan, president and CEO of Supervalu, said: “Over the last two days, the AB Acquisition leadership team has spent time at each of the divested banner offices, announcing their new leadership structure following the close of the transaction. Specifically, they introduced a new president to lead each of the banner divisions following the transaction close. AB Acquisition decided to announce these leadership changes now, prior to close, in order to allow for a smooth transition and to help ready the teams for Day 1 operations. A combination of internal talent and external expertise with deep roots in retail, the new leadership will assume responsibility of their respective operating areas following the close of the transaction, which is slated for the third week in March 2013. All of the new division presidents worked for Albertsons LLC previously or are currently employed by the company. The new leaders are looking forward to moving to their respective divisions and working with the associates there to drive local growth and improve store operations.”