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COVER FEATURE

2018 Top Women in Grocery
Libby Christman
VP, Risk
Management and
Safety, Retail
Business Services,
an Ahold Delhaize
USA Company

In 2017, Christman held two
roles: As the globally focused
VP of occupational health and
safety, she worked with safety
professionals throughout the
company to create its first
worldwide strategy and vision,
while her role as VP of risk
management focused on the
United States.
Performance indicators
tracked safety in local brands
worldwide; Christman and her
global team defined fatalities
and life-altering injuries within
the company to raise visibility of
the effect on the organization.
Under her guidance, brands
began reporting serious injuries
to highlight dangers in the grocery industry.

Yvonne
Trupiano

EVP, Chief Human
Resources and
Corporate Affairs/
Communications,
SpartanNash

Under Trupiano's leadership,
Spartan Nash has won numerous accolades, including the
Women's Forum of New York
Corporate Champion in recognition of the company's efforts to
advance women in leadership.
She recruited and onboarded a
new CFO, supply chain leader and
food production general manager
while also leading an effort to reshape incentive and rewards plans
for employees in the company.
Trupiano serves on the Heart
of West Michigan United Way
board and provides governance
to unite community resources to
reduce poverty in the region; last
fall, she headed SpartanNash's
engagement in several volunteer
opportunities.

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Kim Lyda

SVP, Legal, Retail
Business Services,
an Ahold Delhaize
USA Company

Lyda leads the
company's legal, government
affairs, U.S. compliance,
quality assurance (food
safety), risk, safety and claims
management teams.
She spearheaded the legal
team's support of the design and
timely implementation of Ahold
Delhaize USA's brand-centric
operating model, including
the creation of Retail Business
Services, a new shared-services
organization, and providing service to six East Coast brands.
Lyda guided the organizational design of Retail Business
Services and the transition
to new leadership teams and
development of new tools to
ensure efficient support of Ahold
Delhaize USA's brands.

Anne Dament
EVP, Retail,
Marketing and
Private Brands,
Supervalu

A seasoned
grocery industry
professional, Dament is the
leader of the retail operations,
retail merchandising and company-wide marketing for 200 retail
stores across the country, as well
as dozens of private brands; she
was promoted from SVP to EVP
last November for her immediate
contributions.
Her unparalleled ability to
motivate associates inspired one
colleague to say about her, "Anne
makes you want to run through
walls for her."
Heavily committed to promoting and mentoring women
at Supervalu, Dament started a
women's lunch group to share
experiences and industry knowledge with female employees.

Jacqueline Ross
VP, Private Brands
Innovation, Retail
Business Services,
An Ahold Delhaize
USA Company

Ross oversees the new product development of 1,500-plus
items annually that translate
into millions of dollars for the
company.
She made breakthrough innovations and significant product
improvements that are making a
difference in the U.S. market; for
example, under her leadership,
the company eliminated more
than 1 million pounds of sugar
in company products and more
than 69,000 pounds of salt (on
an annual basis) without affecting
the eating experience.
Ross also designed and
stood up an innovation, renovation and packaging engineering
team for the company, and led
product development.

Sarah Louden
CHRO/HR VP,
Supervalu

Providing
top-level human resources guidance
and leadership to the organization
in the CHRO role, Louden is
regarded as an ace in compensation and talent management,
labor relations, benefits and talent
acquisition, training/development,
and HR shared services.
Leading the HR team in the
acquisitions of Unified Grocers
and Associated Grocers of Florida
to facilitate the integration of those
companies, Louden also oversaw
the development of an important cross-functional operational
wholesale logistics strategy.
For Supervalu's retail business,
she spearheaded the Retail
People Strategy project, which
focused on creating efficiency,
reducing turnover and increasing
employee engagement.

SENIOR-LEVEL
EXECUTIVES

Katlin Smith

Founder and CEO,
Simple Mills

Since April 2017,
Smith has been
instrumental in
nearly doubling Simple Mills'
store distribution from 6,500 to
almost 12,000, with additions including Kroger, Meijer and Ahold
Delhaize USA.
She helped bring consumers
back to grocers' center aisles
with achievements such as a 52
percent increase in shelf turns
for the company's baking mixes
alone; this earned it the No. 1
rank in dollar velocity in the natural baking-mix channel over 52
weeks, according to SPINS.
Smith increased grocers'
gluten- and grain-free lineup
by expanding the Simple Mills
portfolio to 28 SKUs, including
the introduction of gluten- and
grain-free cookies made only
from whole-food ingredients.

Nancy Superchi

VP, HR Shared
Services, Supervalu

During Supervalu's acquisition
of United Grocers,
Superchi not only led the data
conversion of new employee
information into the company's
systems, but also had to make
sure that payroll conversion was
perfectly executed from day 1;
her oversight of a detailed project
plan helped ensure success.
She advocated for a conversion to self-service so that employees could access all of their
important payroll and employee
data, tax information, benefits
selections, and more.
Superchi is deeply involved
with local Chicago-area charities,
and every year also personally
"adopts" an entire classroom at a
challenged school, for which she
provides gifts and clothing.


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