Grocery leaders rank as ‘Top Women’ in industry


Allison Benczkowski. Courtesy 616 Media

A trade publication has included several local women on a national list of the top female leaders in the grocery industry.

Chicago-based Progressive Grocer named 11 Meijer employees, nine SpartanNash employees and one Kellogg employee — 15 of whom are based in West Michigan — to its 2019 list of 393 “Top Women in Grocery.”

The unranked list recognizes and celebrates the key role women play across all sectors of the grocery industry.

This year’s class includes 81 senior-level executives, 247 rising stars and 65 store managers.

The 2019 “Top Women in Grocery” list is included in the June edition of Progressive Grocer.

All honorees will be recognized at the 2019 Top Women in Grocery Gala and Celebration to be held Nov. 6-7 in Orlando, Florida.

West Michigan-based honorees

Senior-level executives

Lynette Ackley, VP, health, beauty and baby consumables, Meijer

Maureen Mitchell, regional VP, Meijer

Kathy Mahoney, president of military division and chief legal officer, SpartanNash (Norfolk, Virginia)

Rising stars

Amber Jefferson, senior human resources director, Kellogg North America, Kellogg

Becky Bronkema, director of merchandising/deli/bakery/franchise, Meijer

Melissa Conway, senior manager, internal communications, Meijer

Michelle Daily, manager, merchandise inventory, Meijer

May Graceffa, divisional merchandise manager, Meijer

Dormica Oppenhuizen, director, inbound logistics/customer service, Meijer

Zahra Sadry, buyer, MDSR-hardgoods, Meijer

Erin Walton, director of merchandising, DSD and alcohol, Meijer

Andrea Anson, director, quality assurance, compliance and food safety, SpartanNash

Allison Benczkowski, director, corporate communications, SpartanNash

Traci Donnelly, director, corporate human resources, SpartanNash

Hilary Mayes, community engagement and foundation specialist, SpartanNash

Store managers

Nicole Eckhardt, store manager, Family Fare (SpartanNash), Wyoming

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