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Former Walmart executive joins SoloHealth

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA — Former Walmart executive Charles Leehan has taken on a new role at a self-service kiosks provider.

Leehan will serve as director of national accounts for SoloHealth, reporting to Rick Voight, the company’s VP channel development. In this capacity, he will oversee and manage relationships across national accounts to ensure SoloHealth’s partners receive the best possible service and individualized attention from the SoloHealth team.

Leehan’s career at Walmart spanned more than 18 years, mostly within the retailer’s health-and-wellness division. He was a part of the development and expansion of Walmart Vision Centers, which has grown from 40 to more than 2,500 locations, three regional processing labs and one central distribution center.

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Stop & Shop moves to head of class with A+ School Rewards program

BY Allison Cerra

FAIRFIELD, Conn., and QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop will distribute $1 million to local schools in the Northeast as part of its A+ School Rewards program.

From Oct. 8, 2010, to March 24, 2011, the program, now in its second year, allowed customers to designate the points they earned for every dollar spent at Stop & Shop to the school or schools of their choice by registering their Stop & Shop card at StopAndShop.com, the retailer said. Participating schools also had the opportunity to secure additional cash rewards ranging from $100 to $1,000 through principal challenges and writing and art contests.

"We are proud to support educational initiatives and know that this year’s participating schools will be able to use these monies to enhance their students’ learning experience," said Arlene Putterman, manager of public and community relations for Stop & Shop New York Metro division.

Added Suzi Robinson, manager of public and community relations for Stop & Shop New England division, "Now more than ever, schools need our support, and the A+ School Rewards program is an easy way for customers to support their local schools every time they shop."

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Safeway’s Valerie Lewis honored by Women of Color magazine

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Wednesday announced that Valerie Lewis, the grocer’s assistant VP legal, was named to the "Top Women in Retail and Finance" list by Women of Color magazine.

Lewis is one of a handful of female professionals chosen by the magazine, a business and technology publication geared toward women of diverse ethnic backgrounds, to be honored and highlighted in its upcoming spring issue. In a press release announcing the list, Women of Color said the Top Women in Retail and Finance honorees were chosen “based on a range of qualitative and quantitative information, strong commitment to their communities, leadership as role models for young and upcoming leaders, and senior status within their organizations.”

Lewis is considered a resource within the supermarket industry on a range of legal, health and food safety issues. She also is integrally involved in the development of policy and training, and is responsible for implementation of and compliance with consumer, corporate and intellectual technology privacy issues. In 2010, Lewis was named to Savoy magazine’s prestigious list of the “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.” She also was named to the “Most Influential Women in the Bay Area” list by the San Francisco Business Times.

Lewis is a founding member of the Safeway African American Leadership Network and currently serves as the network’s chairwoman. She also is a trustee of the Alameda County Medical Center, one of the largest public healthcare systems in the country. Lewis is secretary on the Executive Leadership Council and sits on the boards of directors of the Leadership Education and Development, the Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce and the Youth Law Center.

“We congratulate Valerie on receiving this honor. This recognition for being one of the most talented achievers in retail and finance is well-deserved,” stated Robert Gordon, Safeway’s SVP and general counsel.

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