Safeway president of merchandising, Kelly Griffith, was named to a new operational position, filling a void created by the retirement of EVP of retail operations Bruce Everette.
Everette spent 44 years with Safeway and began his career with the company in 1968 as a clerk at a store in Virginia. In choosing Griffith as his successor, Safeway opted for another seasoned executive. Griffith brings 33 years of experience to the operations role and after working through a working his way through a range of retail store management assignments he was assigned to corporate retail operations in 1999. He was named vp of operations for the Seattle region the following year. He later returned to the corporate office as SVP of produce and floral and was named president of Safeway’s Portland division in 2005. He became president of perishables in 2008 and was named president of merchandising in 2010.
"Over the years Kelly has assumed increasing responsibility at both division and corporate levels," said Safeway president