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CHICAGO — Sue Klug, president of the Southern California division of Supervalu, was awarded the Bobbie O'Hare Award for outstanding service to the Network of Executive Women on Friday.
"Sue played an instrumental part in the founding, management and engagement of the Network's Southern California region," noted former NEW regional chair Bobbie O’Hare, VP sales development for JOH, who helped establish the network's regional groups. "She is a servant leader, an individual that leads a large retail business but also gets in the trenches to get work done." O'Hare presented the award at the NEW Leadership Summit last month in Orlando, Fla.
"[Sue] is a role model to all of us — and to virtually all who know her," Klug's fellow NEW Southern California committee members wrote in nominating her.
Klug was "absolutely critical ensuring NEW Southern California’s growth," added NEW regional chair Maria Edelson, president of sales and capability development. "Sue's tenacity and deep belief in NEW's mission are key reasons NEW Southern California is the vibrant and successful region is it today."
The Northern California leadership team also was honored as the network's "Best of the Best" regional committee for 2011. NEW Northern California is led by co-chairs Lori Procter of Procter & Gamble and Erica Swanson of Slalom Consulting.
"Northern California has truly demonstrated outstanding performance over time across every metric," Edelson said. "They are a role model for other regions. These volunteers have always been willing to share their time for reapplication in other regions. We look for even more great things from them in the future."
More than 700 consumer products and retail executives attended the network's 10th anniversary NEW Leadership Summit in Orlando, Fla.
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