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Meg Ham, president of Salisbury, N.C.-based Food Lion, has been selected as the 2015 Top Women in Grocery Trailblazer from Progressive Grocer and the Chicago-based Network of Executive Women (NEW).
Ham will be feted at the upcoming Top Women in Grocery gala celebration on Nov. 12, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, in Orlando, Fla.
“In appreciation and recognition of her talents, tenacity and unflagging efforts to advance women through the ranks at Food Lion, coupled with her commitment to advancing extremely worthwhile causes in the hundreds of local communities that Food Lion proudly serves, we’re truly delighted and very proud to honor Meg Ham as our 2015 Top Woman in Grocery Trailblazer,” says Meg Major, PG’s chief content editor.
Kevin Holt, Delhaize America president and CEO, applauds the selection of Ham as this year’s Trailblazer. “Meg has a unique and highly admirable characteristic of being able to bring people together, and develop and coach them into a unified team that works really well together,” says Holt. Evidence of this trait, he continues, “is revealed in the outstanding work that Meg and her entire Food Lion team have done in a relatively short amount of time,” which, according to Holt, epitomizes “true inspirational leadership.”
Adds Joan Toth, NEW president and CEO: “Meg Ham exemplifies servant leadership and inclusion. Throughout her career, she has provided great mentorship and partnership with both internal and external associates. We are honored to have Meg serve on the NEW board of directors, and offer our congratulations and warm wishes on her selection as the 2015 Trailblazer.”
As president of Food Lion, Ham oversees all aspects of the regional banner’s operations, including financial performance, merchandising, pricing, customer service, marketing and strategy. As a member of the parent company’s corporate leadership team, she offers an extensive background in both retail operations and merchandising, along with an ability to maintain a strong focus on customer service and the associate experience, all of which are essential to Food Lion’s strategy, Easy, Fresh & Affordable … You Can Count on Food Lion Every Day!