Grocery giant Albertson's has announced today that John Sims will join the company as executive VP and general counsel. Sims, 52, will report directly to Larry Johnston, Albertson's chairman and CEO, and will serve as a member of the company's executive committee. Previously, Sims spent 22 years with Cincinnati, Ohio-based Federated Department Stores. Federated is a US$16bn retailer with over 450 stores under several well-known banners such as Macys, Bloomingdale's, Rich's, Lazarus, Burdines, and the Bon Marche.