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Albertsons Cos. has named Dan Valenzuela the president of Safeway’s Eastern Division to succeed Steve Burnham.
President of Safeway’s Seattle division since 2014, the year Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons acquired Safeway, Valenzuela previously led Safeway's Phoenix Division, where he had earlier held the role of VP of operations. Valenzuela joined Safeway in 1977 as a courtesy clerk, rising to become a store manager in 1981 and a district manager a decade later.
Although it had been reported elsewhere that Burnham had left Safeway, along with Dean Willhite, the Eastern Division’s former VP of operations, a Safeway representative told the Washington Business Journal that neither had left the company, but were considering other roles within Safeway.