Grocery leaders rank as ‘Top Women’ in industry
A trade publication has included several local women on a national list of the top female leaders in the grocery industry.
Chicago-based Progressive Grocer named 11 Meijer employees, nine SpartanNash employees and one Kellogg employee — 15 of whom are based in West Michigan — to its 2019 list of 393 “Top Women in Grocery.”
The unranked list recognizes and celebrates the key role women play across all sectors of the grocery industry.
This year’s class includes 81 senior-level executives, 247 rising stars and 65 store managers.
All honorees will be recognized at the 2019 Top Women in Grocery Gala and Celebration to be held Nov. 6-7 in Orlando, Florida.
West Michigan-based honorees
Lynette Ackley, VP, health, beauty and baby consumables, Meijer
Maureen Mitchell, regional VP, Meijer
Kathy Mahoney, president of military division and chief legal officer, SpartanNash (Norfolk, Virginia)
Amber Jefferson, senior human resources director, Kellogg North America, Kellogg
Becky Bronkema, director of merchandising/deli/bakery/franchise, Meijer
Melissa Conway, senior manager, internal communications, Meijer
Michelle Daily, manager, merchandise inventory, Meijer
May Graceffa, divisional merchandise manager, Meijer
Dormica Oppenhuizen, director, inbound logistics/customer service, Meijer
Zahra Sadry, buyer, MDSR-hardgoods, Meijer
Erin Walton, director of merchandising, DSD and alcohol, Meijer
Andrea Anson, director, quality assurance, compliance and food safety, SpartanNash
Allison Benczkowski, director, corporate communications, SpartanNash
Traci Donnelly, director, corporate human resources, SpartanNash
Hilary Mayes, community engagement and foundation specialist, SpartanNash
Nicole Eckhardt, store manager, Family Fare (SpartanNash), Wyoming