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Safeway, Inc. senior corporate counsel Valerie D. Lewis was named to Savoy Magazine's list of the “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America,” a list in the magazine’s Spring 2010 issue that recognizes African-Americans who have made a significant positive impact on their profession, the corporate world and their communities.
Lewis, a key member of Safeway’s legal team for more than 14 years, has corporate legal responsibility for food, health, safety, consumer protection and labeling issues, and environmental and other regulatory compliance and litigation, as well as Proposition 65 (California), commercial, product liability and general litigation. She is also integrally involved in the development of policy and training, and is responsible for implementation of and compliance with consumer, corporate and intellectual technology privacy issues.
“We congratulate her on this well-earned recognition on this prestigious list,” said Robert Gordon, SVP and general counsel at Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway.
Lewis is a founding member of the Safeway African American Leadership Network and currently serves as the network's chair. She is also a trustee of the Alameda County Medical Center, one of the largest public health care systems in the country. In addition, Lewis is a member of the boards of directors of The Executive Leadership Council, Leadership Education and Development (LEAD), the Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce and the Youth Law Center.
Safeway operates 1,725 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $40.8 billion in 2009.