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   Food Lion Executive Eric Watson Wins Diversity Award
by Christy Phillips-Brown, Food Lion, LLC
Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 4:16PM EST

SALISBURY, N.C., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Eric Watson, vice president of Talent Acquisition and The Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Food Lion LLC, earned top honors, garnering The Diversity Forum's first-ever Diversity Champion Award at the organization's recent Networking Breakfast at the Marriott SouthPark.

The Diversity Champion Award recognizes an individual who exhibits outstanding community leadership and advances Charlotte's effort to promote employment diversity.

"Eric Watson is undoubtedly one of the strongest leaders representing the voyage of diversity and inclusion in the workplace," said Michelle Fish, founder of The Diversity Forum & CEO of Bankston Partners & Integra Staffing. "The contributions he made to Food Lion LLC, to the abundant national and local partner organizations, and to our society as a whole over the past 16 years are undeniable. A better Diversity Champion Award winner could not have been chosen, and it was our distinct pleasure to award Eric for all of his tremendous work!"

Watson joined Food Lion LLC in 2003, bringing 23 years of experience in operations management, with more than 16 in the field of diversity. Watson has developed strategies to impact business success by creating a vision to manage diversity, designing leadership mentoring programs to promote diversity and establishing an accountability system for business diversity.

In addition to Watson's award, Food Lion LLC received an honorable mention for The Diversity Forum's Trailblazer Award, which is presented to a company that has demonstrated exceptional leadership and success in the recruitment, hiring and retention of a diverse workforce.

Watson accepted the Trailblazer award on behalf of the company.

Source: Food Lion, LLC

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