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MINNEAPOLIS - Supervalu Inc. promoted Pete Van Helden to e.v.p./president, Retail West. Van Helden, who most recently served as s.v.p./president, Retail West, is responsible for Supervalu's retail operations in Southern California, Nevada, and Intermountain West.
"Pete has been and will continue to be instrumental in sustaining Supervalu's transformation into a retail powerhouse," said Jeff Noddle, Supervalu chairman and c.e.o. "Pete's promotion signifies our commitment to our western operations."
Van Helden joined Supervalu through the company's 2006 acquisition of Albertsons, where he was president and c.e.o. of Albertsons' California food division, and brings a wealth of industry experience and expertise to his position.
During his 27-year tenure at Albertsons, he held a variety of leadership positions including operations, merger integration and dual branding. As the head of Albertsons' California Food division, he oversaw a business unit comprising more than 500 stores and 41,000 associates encompassing all Albertsons banner stores in the state. Prior to this position, he was president of the company's Jewel-Osco division, which holds the number-one market position in the Chicago market.