Albertsons Companies announced on August 19 that Shane Sampson, executive vice president and chief marketing & merchandising officer, has decided to leave the company at the end of its second fiscal quarter on September 7, 2019.
“Shane has been instrumental in building the Albertsons Companies we know today – both at a division level and nationally,” said Vivek Sankaran, President & CEO of Albertsons Companies. “Since 2013, he has helped our team turn around operations in addition to building a robust merchandising and marketing function to help support our 2,200 locations. He launched our e-commerce business in key markets and strengthened it in areas where it had operated since 2002, and accelerated the growth of our Own Brands business by envisioning a faster, smarter way to connect with customer needs. He has been a champion for omnichannel growth both internally and with our supplier community. Throughout his years with Albertsons and in the industry, he has mentored countless thousands in running great stores. I know that he will do great work in whatever he chooses to take on next.”
From his first job in the industry as a courtesy clerk, Sampson has spent over 35 years in the grocery industry working at several chains. He built his career with Albertson’s Inc., working his way up through the company’s ranks, culminating in serving as president of both the Florida and the Intermountain divisions. He left the company in 2002 and spent several years with Sam’s Club. He returned to Albertson’s LLC’s Southern division at its inception and served as vice president of marketing & merchandising when he left to accept the role of senior vice president of sales and operations at Giant Food of Landover. In 2013, He rejoined the Albertsons team when offered the role of president of Shaw’s and Star Market, and in 2014, he relocated to Chicago upon being named president of Jewel Osco. Sampson was appointed executive vice president and chief marketing & merchandising officer at Albertsons in January of 2015.
The company has launched a search for a successor.
Albertsons Companies operates stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia under 20 banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs, as well as meal kit company Plated based in New York City.