Larree Renda

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Renda,-Larree--Larree Renda

Safeway Inc.
Executive Vice President

Years with company: 40

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:

  • Past Member of the Board of Directors for HSBC Finance Corporation and for HSBC North America Holdings Inc., serving on the Audit and Risk Committees (2001 to 2014)
  • Board of Directors for Casey’s General Stores, Inc.
  • Board of Directors of Casa Ley, Safeway’s joint venture in Mexico
  • Board of Regents for the University of Portland
  • Trustee on the National Joint Labor Management Committee

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: The most significant mentor of my career was Steve Burd, our previous CEO. He taught me and trusted me to take on more responsibility. Without his help and guidance I would have never achieved such career success.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment oyour career to dateLeading teams and watching them succeed against a challenging business objective. Mentoring people at different levels of the organization and seeing them be successful. These are both my proudest career achievements and my defining moments. I will always remember and be thankful for being able to play an important role in helping others to succeed.

Most challenging part of your job: The most challenging part is what I love most about my job. The eclectic nature and diversity of my responsibilities requires me to master and stay current on a long list of core functions. I have ultimate responsibility for HR, IT, retail strategy, real estate, labor relations, public affairs, communications, government relations, health initiatives, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, philanthropy and industrial engineering. These are very different and dynamic functions with ever-changing rules of engagement. I have to constantly monitor all of the issues and implement changes that impact the entire company.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Knowledge is power. Know your business and industry inside and out to determine where you can make the biggest impact. That means paying close attention to customers and your frontline teams. They are your core advisors and your boots on the ground.

Hobbies: Spending time with my family and volunteering at some of the wonderful organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. I also am passionate about baseball and auto racing…as a spectator, not a participant!