Press Release

BOISE, Idaho, March 10, 2017 – Albertsons Companies today announced the appointment of Jonathan Mayes as Senior Vice President, External Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer.  Mr. Mayes will be responsible for overseeing and leading Albertsons Companies’ diversity and inclusion efforts, along with the company’s Government Relations, Sustainability and Philanthropy departments.  He will be based in Pleasanton, California.

“As one of the largest employers in the U.S., Albertsons Companies has a responsibility to grow a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of the communities we serve and to have a positive and transformative impact on them,” said Bob Miller, Chairman and CEO of Albertsons Companies. “Diversity is vital to who we are as a company and I am pleased to have found someone within our team who champions our culture and values.”

Mr. Mayes began his grocery industry career in 1991 as Senior Counsel at American Stores.  He joined Safeway in 1994. In 1996, he was named Director of Government Relations, and was later promoted to Vice President and Group Vice President of Government Relations. In 2010, he was named Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Government Relations, Sustainability, Philanthropy & Diversity Affairs, a role he continued to hold following the completion of the merger with Albertsons in 2015.

“I am honored to take on this role and looking forward to continuing to elevate Albertsons Companies’ outreach, growth and leadership through an even stronger focus on diversity,” said Mr. Mayes. “Albertsons Companies has developed a corporate culture that fosters different values, ideas and backgrounds, providing a firm foundation that will enable us to continue to attract a diverse set of talent and help our stores better engage with the local communities we serve.”

Mr. Mayes has a Juris Doctor degree from Willamette University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Warner Pacific College.   Mr. Mayes has received the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award from Willamette University for his work regarding diversity and inclusion, and has been honored by the San Francisco Bay Area Minority Bar Coalition for his exemplary service to the community.   He also has received Warner Pacific College’s Alumnus of the Year award.  Mr. Mayes is past chairman of the California Grocers Association, Charles Houston Bar Association, and Vice Chairman of the Warner Pacific College Board of Trustees.  He was a founding member of the company’s African-American Leadership Network and currently serves on the boards of the California Chamber of Commerce, California Grocers Association, and two community-based organizations.


About Albertsons Companies

Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 19 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2016 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company gave nearly $300 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans outreach.

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