Linda Nordgren

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Safeway Inc.
Vice President & General Manager Merchandising Home Care and General Merchandise

Years with company: 27 Years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: St. Mary’s BA Integral Liberal Arts/Network of Executive Women Northern California Region Committee

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: I have been so fortunate in my career to have been given the gift of amazing Mentors; both Formal Mentors and Informal Mentors that I have greatly respected and followed their lead. My mother was the most intelligent, business savvy, entrepreneur I have ever known.  Her leadership and creativity was astounding and she has had the most influence on the innovative, passionate leader that I have become.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date? I am most proud of Innovating and taking risks for example creating the Supply Chain organization at Safeway; having a vision, creating a strategy and surrounding myself with high performing leaders that shared the vision and would move mountains to achieve it.  In addition, making a courageous lattice move from Supply Chain to Merchandising to own a business P&L, build a high performing team, innovating and turning around businesses once given over to Mass and Club.

Most challenging part of your job:  All jobs are full of challenges.  Great leaders embrace the challenge, form a diverse team of skilled, passionate people and overcome the challenges together.  Nothing is more inspiring!

Advice for upcoming younger executives: You spend more awake hours of your life at work than with your family.  Choose to work for the company and the leaders that you respect, share your values and that light your passion.  Yes, women you can have it all, both a successful leadership career and Mom of the year.  You have the choice and deserve both!

Hobbies: My husband and 2 boys are my life.  They are my focus, inspiration and joy!