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Albertsons LLC announced yesterday the executive organizational structure that will be created for the company after it closes its deal with Supervalu to acquire stores and divisions from the company. In the announcement, Albertsons emphasized that "all of the new Division Presidents worked for Albertsons LLC previously or are currently employed by the Company," and said that "a combination of internal talent and external expertise with deep roots in retail, the new leadership will assume responsibility of their respective operating areas following the close of the transaction."

The Albertsons-Supervalu deal is expected to close during the third week of March 2013.

According to the announcement, "Bob Butler, currently Executive Vice President of Operations for Albertsons LLC, will be named Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for all Albertsons banner stores. The Albertsons divisions will be operated by Albertsons LLC. Justin Dye, currently Chief Strategy Officer, will be named Chief Operating Officer, with responsibilities for the Acme, Jewel, and Shaws/Star Markets banners, and the total company pharmacy operation, which will be operated by New Albertsons, Inc. (NAI).
"Albertsons LLC and NAI will both be operated by AB Acquisition Inc., which will be led by CEO Bob Miller.  Rick Navarro, Chief Financial Officer; Paul Rowan, General Counsel; Andrew Scoggin, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Public Affairs; and Mark Bates, Chief Information Officer will oversee their respective functions at both Albertsons LLC and NAI."

The division president lineup looks like this:

• Acme Markets: Jim Perkins, "formerly Vice President of Operations for Albertsons Inc., and Director of Operations for Albertsons LLC’s Southern Division, Jim began his career at Albertsons in 1982. Jim is returning to the Company after having held the role of Regional Vice President with Giant Food."

• Jewel Osco – William Emmons, "formerly Southern Division President of Albertsons LLC, William is returning to the Company following his retirement in October 2010. He began his career at Albertsons in 1971."

• Shaws & Star Markets: Shane Sampson, "formerly Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising for the Albertsons LLC Southern Division, Shane started with Albertsons in 1983 and was a division president in the Intermountain and Florida divisions of Albertsons Inc. Shane is returning to the Company after having held the role of Senior Vice President Operations at Giant Food."

• Albertsons' Intermountain Division: Susan Morris, "currently Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising for the Albertsons LLC Southwest Division, Susan began her career with Albertsons in Denver in 1985."

• Albertsons' Southern California Division: Wayne Denningham, "currently the Albertsons LLC Southern Division President, Wayne began his career at Albertsons in 1977."

• Albertsons' Southern Division: Mike Withers, "currently Vice President of Albertsons LLC Marketing and Merchandising for the Southern Division, Mike began his career at Albertsons in 1976."

• Albertsons' Southwest Division: Shane Dorcheus, "currently Albertsons LLC President of the Albertsons LLC Southwest Division, Shane started with Albertsons in 1980, and will continue in his role as Southwest Division President."

Albertsons also said that it is forming "a new Northwest division office, to be based in Portland, OR, which will manage operations for stores in Northern Idaho, Oregon and Washington." It will be headed by Dennis Bassler, "currently a District Manager in the Albertsons LLC Southern Division and formerly the Senior Vice President, Marketing/Merchandising for Albertsons, Inc., Dennis began his career at Albertsons in 1981."
KC's View:
My sense is that this structure reflects two things - Albertsons LLC's conviction that the path it has taken over the past few years has been working, and Bob Miller's belief that the company will only be as successful if division presidents are running their own shops, making sure that the people on the front lines are empowered, responsible and empowered.