Press release from Business Wire
Safeway Names President & General Manager, Perishables and New Texas Division President
Monday, May 24, 2010
Safeway Names President & General Manager, Perishables and New Texas Division President11:17 EDT Monday, May 24, 2010 PLEASANTON, Calif. (Business Wire) -- Safeway Inc. (NYSE:SWY) announced that Tom Schwilke, currently Safeway's Texas Division President, will be joining the company's corporate merchandising team as President & General Manager, Perishables reporting to Kelly Griffith, President, Merchandising. Succeeding Mr. Schwilke as Texas Division President will be Paul McTavish, currently Vice President, Retail Marketing Execution in Safeway's Denver Division. Mr. Schwilke began his career at Safeway in 1982 as a clerk in the company's Seattle division where he advanced through the retail ranks to Store Manager and District Manager. He was promoted to Director, Corporate Retail Operations in 2000, and later to Vice President. He was named Vice President, Retail Operations at Vons, and six years later returned to Safeway's corporate office as Group Vice President, Produce and Floral. Mr. Schwilke was promoted to his most recent assignment in Texas in 2008. Mr. McTavish joined Safeway 37 years ago as a food clerk in the company's Portland Division. He advanced through a range of retail management assignments in six stores and three districts. Mr. McTavish was promoted to Vice President, Retail Operations in the Denver Division in 2000, including an assignment as interim Denver Division President in 2003. He was named Vice President, Retail Operations in the company's corporate offices in 2004 and later that year became Vice President Retail Marketing Execution for the Denver Division. “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 Chief Executive Officer. “We have great confidence in their abilities to lead these large organizations and we look forward to their continued success in their new assignments.” About Safeway www.Safeway.com Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, based on sales. Safeway Inc. operates 1,712 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $40.8 billion in 2009. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY.