Safeway promotes Texas division president

PLEASANTON, Calif. California-based retailer Safeway announced the promotion of its Texas division president to its corporate merchandising team.

Tom Schwilke will become corporate perishables president and general manager, reporting to merchandising president Kelly Griffith. Succeeding Schwilke as Texas division president will be Paul McTavish, currently VP retail marketing execution in Safeway’s Denver division.

Schwilke first joined Safeway in 1982 before joining Vons as the company's VP retail operations for six years. He returned to Safeway’s corporate office as group VP produce and floral. Schwilke was promoted to his most recent assignment in Texas in 2008.

Meanwhile, McTavish joined Safeway 37 years ago and has served in his current position since 2005.

“Both Tom and Paul have proven track records of success in a variety of challenging retail and marketing leadership roles,” said Steve Burd, Safeway’s chairman, president and CEO. “We have great confidence in their abilities to lead these large organizations and we look forward to their continued success in their new assignments.”

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