Retail Store of the Year 2014 Winners
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Top exec changes made at Walmart’s Massmart
Guy Hayward was named CEO of Massmart to fill a position currently held by Grant Pattison, the executive who engineered the sale of a majority stake of the South African retailer to Walmart.
Pattison joined Massmart in 1998 and served as CEO since 2007, helping to engineer the sale of a majority stake in the company to Walmart several years ago. Assuming the CEO role on June 1 will be current COO Guy Hayward. He joined Massmart in 2000 as CFO and was later named COO and also played a key role in the Walmart and Massmart transaction.
Another big personnel change at Massmart, which operates 374 stores predominantly in South Africa, involves the appointment of Kuseni Dlamini as independent non-executive chairman of the board. He fills a role previously held by Mark Lamberti who stepped down after being named CEO of Imperial Holdings Limited.
“Kuseni Dlamini is an outstanding business leader with deep experience in emerging markets and a global perspective on management and growth,” Walmart International president and CEO David Cheesewright said. “Massmart has previously benefitted from Kuseni’s input as a member of the board, and we are now looking forward to his leadership as chairman.”
The change in leadership comes as Walmart International recently underwent a major change as well. Former division chief Doug McMillon replaced Mike Duke as president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., on February 1 and regional international executive Cheesewright was elevated to McMillon’s role as president and CEO of Walmart International. Both McMillon and Cheesewright worked closely with Massmart CEO Pattison.
“I have been CEO for seven years, the last three of which were undoubtedly the most rewarding and challenging of my career,” Pattison said. “Leading the sale of a 53% equity stake of Massmart to Walmart was a unique privilege and the integration process that followed was a satisfying, albeit demanding, experience.”
Safeway receives military accolade in D.C.
In recognition of its support of national defense and the uniformed service community Safeway received the Military Officers Association of America’s highest honor.
Safeway was presented with the organization’s Distinguished Service Award at an event in Washington, D.C., in recognition of its outstanding support as an employer of Guard and Reserve members and veterans. The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) ’s highest honor. MOAA was founded in 1929 and has 380,000 members.
"We take great pride in providing employment opportunities to our men and women in uniform, whether they are Reservists, National Guard or veterans," said Safeway EVP Larree Renda. "We encourage all employers to consider how their business could benefit from the training, discipline and strong character that is synonymous with America’s military men and women."
Safeway was among the first employers to commit more than 10 years ago to covering the pay differential and extending full benefits to employees in the Reserve and National Guard, who were called to active duty. Safeway continues to provide this benefit today. The company actively pursues employment opportunities for returning veterans through three targeted programs.
Safeway’s Junior Military Officer (JMO) and Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) programs were launched in 2010 and 2011, respectively, and accept applicants who have been military officers and places them in an accelerated leadership program. The programs include on-the-job training, job-shadowing and classroom seminars. Graduates qualify for store manager and assistant manager positions, along with other manager-level roles in supply chain, distribution, and the company’s division and corporate headquarters.
In 2012, Safeway expanded its military hiring initiative further to include a broader cross-section of the military personnel from all backgrounds through its Retail Military Recruiting Program. The program focuses on hiring our veterans and military personnel for the retail store environment into positions such as baker, courtesy clerk, Starbucks clerk, night crew and department managers.
Since 2012, Safeway has hired nearly 3,600 veterans or members of the Guard and Reserve. Safeway has also committed to hiring at least another 1,500 veterans or members of the Guard and Reserve in 2014. In addition, the company has donated $2.6 million to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and other organizations that help veterans recover from service-related injuries.