Albertsons promotes within supply chain

Albertsons Cos. has promoted a new executive in its supply chain and manufacturing.

The Boise, Idaho-based retailer named Evan Rainwater its new executive vice president of supply chain and manufacturing, overseeing the company’s global procurement, manufacturing and distribution groups.

“Evan is relentlessly focused on creating and executing key strategies and tactics that create a lean operating culture,” noted Vivek Sankaran, president and CEO, of Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons. “His background in logistics and extensive experience with our manufacturing operations will be a key asset for our entire supply chain operation.”

Rainwater’s most recent position was SVP of manufacturing, in which capacity he had responsibility for Albertsons' 20 food production plants, encompassing seven milk plants, four soft-drink bottling plants, three bakery plants, two ice cream product plants, two grocery/prepared food plants, one ice plant and one soup plant. He also headed the company’s goods-not-for-resale efforts.

Before Safeway’s merger with Albertsons, Rainwater had been directly responsible for distribution and manufacturing budgetary, quality and service expectations at Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway.

Prior to joining Safeway, he held senior management roles in both manufacturing and logistics for Winn-Dixie, Rubbermaid and the plastics division of Mobil Oil.

This article previously ran in sister publication Progressive Grocer.