PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway Inc. officially announced Brian Baer as President of its Chicago-area Dominick's Finer Foods division.
"Brian has proven himself ideally-suited for the leadership role at Dominick's," said Safeway's Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Burd. "He has demonstrated himself to be a well-rounded executive who will serve this operating division well going forward.
Mr. Baer had been Acting President of Dominick's, and assumed the permanent role in late 2011. He's has been with Dominick's parent company Safeway since 2001, when he joined the organization as the Vice President of Finance for Safeway's Phoenix Division. In 2002, Mr. Baer joined the corporate office and was appointed to Group Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis, leading the development of the company's key financial processes, performance indicators, financial planning and forecasting for Safeway's centralized marketing unit. During that time, he initiated and led a number of key initiatives while working with the company's senior management team. In 2008, he was named Chief Financial Officer at Dominick's where he continued to demonstrate his leadership and business acumen.
Prior to joining Safeway, Mr. Baer spent more than 12 years with the Marriott Corporation's Food & Beverage and Retail operations, progressing upward through various financial management positions in operations, corporate finance and real estate development. Before Marriott, he also held positions with The Carlyle Group and Price-Waterhouse Coopers.
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Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, based on sales. The company operates 1,678 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $43.6 billion in 2011. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY.