Safeway HR head earns industry recognition

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Monday announced that Russ Jackson, Safeway SVP human resources, has been named by Human Resource Executive magazine to the influential 2012 HR Honor Roll. Jackson will be recognized by the publication on Oct. 9 at a black tie awards dinner at the University Club of Chicago.

Human Resource Executive selected Jackson and four other human resources professionals to recognize and feature in the October issue. Each was chosen for their problem-solving skills, positive impact on their organization and contributions to the profession at large.

"Russ is a transformational architect within Safeway," stated Safeway EVP Larree Renda. "With his vision, insight and drive for results, he has built a human resources organization that is a powerful accelerator of change."

Among his accomplishments at Safeway, Jackson has been instrumental in strengthening the company's leadership development efforts. For example, in 2011 the company launched a program which provides high-potential and high-performing directors and district managers with VP-level experiences and instruction. Human Resource Executive noted that Jackson also "implemented a series of new programs aimed at recruiting ex-military personnel for key roles; reshaped the organization's competency model; and enhanced the organization's already highly regarded health initiatives."

Elevating the company's efforts to support veterans, Jackson launched an initiative aimed at recruiting and developing former junior military officers for retail store management positions. Since the program launched in 2010, the company surpassed its goal of hiring more than 1,000 ex-military personnel by the end of 2012.

Jackson and his benefits team have also made significant strides in the area of employee health and wellness.  Employees at all levels are encouraged to participate in a range of programs from biometric testing to other wellness initiatives designed to help employees and their families make healthier choices.

Jackson joined Safeway in 2007 after a 27-year career with Pacific Gas & Electric, where he served as SVP human resources. He holds a Business degree from San Jose State University, earned his MBA from St. Mary's College and a Master's degree in human resources and organizational development from the University of San Francisco, along with a certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of California at Berkeley. He has also achieved the designation of SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) from the Human Resources Certification Institute.

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