Albertsons names Denningham president

Veteran COO adds oversight for marketing, supply chain

Albertsons COO Wayne Denningham on Wednesday was given the additional role of president of Albertsons Cos., the retailer said Wednesday.

Denningham will continue to lead store operations with added oversight of marketing and merchandising, supply chain, manufacturing and integration, all of which will continue under their current leadership. Bob Miller remains chairman and CEO, a role he has held since April 2015.

“This is the strongest leadership team I’ve worked with in my 50-plus years in this industry,” Miller said in a statement. “I asked Wayne to join Albertsons LLC in 2006 to lead our Rocky Mountain Division. Since that time, he’s led three different divisions, helped to negotiate and manage some of our most significant acquisitions, and successfully turned around some of our toughest assets. He’s a remarkable leader with tremendous grocery retail acumen, and I’m pleased that he’s accepted this new role.”

Denningham began his career with Albertson’s Inc. in 1977 as a clerk and worked his way up in the organization, serving in district manager roles in three different divisions before being named division president, first of the Rocky Mountain division and later the Florida division.

Subsequently, he was promoted to president for five divisions of Albertsons, and then served as both EVP of marketing and merchandising and operations for the company before leaving in 2004.

He joined Albertson’s LLC in 2006 and served as division president of the Rocky Mountain, Florida and Southern divisions over the next seven years.

In March 2013, Denningham was named president of the Southern California division following the acquisition of 877 stores from Supervalu, and in January 2015, he assumed the role South region COO following the merger with Safeway. He was named EVP and COO of Albertsons Cos. in April 2015.

Denningham is based at the company’s Boise, Idaho, corporate campus.

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