Albertsons Companies has appointed Jim Donald, currently the company’s president and chief operating officer, to president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.
Robert Miller, currently the company’s chairman and CEO, will continue as the chairman of the board.
Donald joined Albertsons in 1976, which culminated in his being appointed vp/operations in Arizona. In 1991, he joined Walmart to lead the development of their grocery business and superstore concept. Donald subsequently left for Safeway in 1994 to be the svp of its 130-store Eastern region. His first CEO role was at Pathmark Stores from 1996 through 2002, followed by his appointment as president and CEO at Starbucks. Post Starbucks, Donald served as CEO of Haggen and Extended Stay America, Inc. Donald rejoined Albertsons Companies in March 2018 as president and COO.
“Jim is an exceptional retailer. In the seven months since he joined Albertsons Companies, he’s flown tens of thousands of miles and met personally with thousands of employees in hundreds of our stores, distribution centers, manufacturing plants, and offices around the country,” Miller said. “His expertise in listening to front line employees and customers, facilitating employee engagement and generating sales is unmatched, and there is no better leader for Albertsons Companies at this state in our evolution.”