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PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway on Tuesday announced that it has appointed 16-year veteran Jonathan Mayes to SVP government relations, public affairs, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy.
“[Mayes] is an exceptional leader and has successfully represented the company and its stakeholders in his role as our key government affairs person,” stated Larree Renda, EVP, chief strategist and administrative officer. “Certainly he will bring the same level of excellence and commitment to these other functions that interact on a daily basis with our customers and communities.”
Mayes, 52, joined Safeway in 1994 as a senior attorney focused on employment law, business litigation and consumer protection matters. In 1996, he joined the company’s government relations team as a director and was promoted to VP of that function in 1999. In 2008, Mayes was named group VP government relations in charge of the team of professionals that focus on local, state and federal government matters in the geographies in which Safeway operates in the United States and Canada.
Before joining Safeway, Mayes was senior corporate counsel for Lucky Stores, and an attorney at Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP. He is on the executive committee and board of the California Grocers Association, and a member of the board of the California Retailers Association.
He has been honored by both the Bay Area Minority Bar Coalition and the Charles Houston Bar Association for his exemplary service to the legal community. Mayes received his Juris Doctorate degree from Willamette University College of Law, in Salem, Oregon.