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Safeway Inc. yesterday hired Christiane Pelz as v.p., investor relations, replacing Julie Hong, who recently left the company to spend more time with her three young children. Pelz will report to Melissa Plaisance, s.v.p., finance and investor relations.
“[Christiane’s] extensive experience in various financial disciplines will allow her to contribute quickly in this new assignment,” said Plaisance.
Pelz comes to Safeway from Lippert/Heilshorn & Associates, Inc., an investor relations agency, where she was a v.p.
She began her career as an analyst at Oracle Corporation, and later worked as a debt and equity portfolio analyst for Berkeley International Capital Corporation. After earning an MBA in finance and a MA in international studies, she tried her hand at investment banking for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Frankfurt, Germany. After returning to the United States, she joined a start-up company as director of business development and strategic planning; and worked as a v.p. in the Citigroup Private Bank.
Safeway operates 1,740 stores in the United States and Canada and had annual sales of $42 billion in 2007.