SaveMart Realigns Management

MODESTO, Calif. To support its growth as it adds 130 former Albertsons stores, Save Mart Supermarkets here has reshuffled several executives to new corporate positions. Steve Junqueiro, formerly vice president of Save Mart operations, was named executive vice president, overseeing 80 Save Marts, 44 Food Maxx stores and the 130 Albertsons. Reporting to Junqueiro will be Steve Beaver, formerly senior

MODESTO, Calif. — To support its growth as it adds 130 former Albertsons stores, Save Mart Supermarkets here has reshuffled several executives to new corporate positions.

Steve Junqueiro, formerly vice president of Save Mart operations, was named executive vice president, overseeing 80 Save Marts, 44 Food Maxx stores and the 130 Albertsons.

Reporting to Junqueiro will be Steve Beaver, formerly senior director of Save Mart's central operations, as vice president, Save Mart, and Frank Capps, who was previously named vice president, Food Maxx.

With the departure of Donna Robbins as president of Albertsons' Northern California division, Woody Hunter will maintain his title as regional director of the Albertsons stores, with responsibility for overseeing daily operations; he will report to Junqueiro.

Another Albertsons veteran, Kathy McKenna, will continue as vice president, distribution, at the Roseville and Vacaville distribution centers acquired from Albertsons.

Save Mart will convert the first two Albertsons — in Visalia and Kingsburg, in central California — to the Save Mart banner early in April, with stores in Fresno to follow. The company said it will decide before the end of the year what banner to put on the remaining Albertsons stores.

In other executive changes:

  • Ron Riesenbeck, vice president and chief financial officer, was named a senior vice president.

  • Mike Silveira, vice president, human resources and law, was promoted to senior vice president.

  • Cecil Russell, vice president, merchandising and marketing, was named vice president, merchandising.

  • John Kelly, senior director of marketing, was named vice president, marketing.

  • Rick Smith, senior director of produce, was named vice president of fresh.

  • Johnny Leung, senior director of merchandising for Food Maxx, was named vice president of procurement.

  • James Sims, controller, was named vice president of finance and accounting.

  • Wendy Kennedy, director of human resources, was named vice president.

  • Jim Pucci, senior director of risk management, was named vice president.

  • Ray Agah, senior director of engineering, was named vice president.

  • Mathew Francis, director of strategic projects, was named senior director.

  • Rick Silva, director of employee and labor relations, was named senior director.