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Albertsons taps new Portland division president, chief HR officer

BY Sandra Levy

Albertsons has made two executive appointments.

The company has named Gineal Davidson president of its Portland division, which operates over 140 stores in Oregon and Washington.

In addition, Mike Theilmann is joining the company as executive vice president and chief human resources officer.

“We’re thrilled to have an operator of Gineal’s caliber to lead our Portland division team,” Susan Morris, the executive vice president and chief operations officer of Albertsons, said. “Gineal is a dynamic leader with a fantastic track record of leading winning teams, and we look forward to her taking on this key role within our company.”

Davidson began her career with the retailer over 30 years ago as a courtesy clerk in Boulder, Colo., and was quickly promoted to the service deli department. Since that time, she has held such positions as service deli sales manager, store director, six sigma black belt, district manager and director of sales support. She also was named division vice president, marketing and merchandising of the company’s Shaw’s division in 2016, and returned to the Intermountain division in 2017 when she was named vice president, strategic initiatives. She was named to her most recent role of Intermountain division vice president, marketing and merchandising in October 2017.

Theilmann, who joins the company from Heidrick & Struggles, a leading global executive search and leadership consulting firm, where he served as the global practice managing partner, human resources officers practice, has been appointed Albertsons executive vice president and chief human resources officer, effective Aug. 19, 2019.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Albertsons Companies’ leadership team at such a pivotal moment in retail,” Theilmann said. “At no other time has the retail game been changing faster than it is today. Our omnichannel, technology-driven world isn’t just transforming how we shop; it’s influencing how companies attract, retain and develop talent in order to grow and sustain results, too. I look forward to the opportunity we have across Albertsons Companies 2,200+ stores to build the best workforce in the industry, and to create a culture that people can’t help but want to be part of as employees and as customers.”

Andy Scoggin, who has served Albertsons as executive vice president of human resources, public affairs, government relations and labor relations since its founding in 2006, has announced his plans to leave the company at the end of the calendar year.

Theilmann has nearly 30-years of human resources experiences, including serving at Diageo, PepsiCo, Yum and J.C. Penney. At Yum, he served in senior human resources positions including vice president of people services, vice president of human resources for its Europe operations and senior vice president chief people officer for the international business. He also served as chief human resources and administration officer of J.C. Penney, from 2005 to 2009, where he partnered with the executive team to accelerate growth through highly-engaged associates with a customer-centric focus. He was promoted to group executive vice president in 2010, where he led store operations, supply chain management, human resources and administration.

“Mike brings to Albertsons companies both proven HR leadership and a winning track record in developing strong cultures of employee engagement and development. His experiences across many industries, in large service-centric companies, and his ability to connect operating priorities to talent and culture priorities will be invaluable as we navigate this new era in retail,” Vivek Sankaran, the president and CEO of Albertsons said. “I look forward to working with Mike as we continue to grow and develop as a locally great, nationally strong omnichannel retailer.

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