US grocery retailer Albertson's has announced a series of changes in its senior management structure which, it says, will improve organisational efficiency.

Bob Dunst, currently executive vice president and chief technology officer will now add responsibility for the company's supply chain organization.  This added responsibility includes procurement, inventory management, distribution, warehousing, and logistics.   The company believes that technology and the supply chain will continue to become increasingly interdependent through advances such as eProcurement, RFID, satellite routing systems, WiFi shopping devices and web grocery expansion, among others.  This evolution makes the marriage of these two functions more strategically important than ever before.  Dunst now becomes Executive Vice President- Technology and Supply Chain.

Clarence Gabriel, formerly executive vice president-supply chain and asset management, is leaving the company to pursue other interests.

Paul Gannon, currently executive vice president and chief marketing officer, will now add responsibility for all the company's food operations.  This added responsibility includes food division operations, asset protection, and customer service.  As a result, the company's food banners (Acme, Albertsons, Jewel, Shaw's, and Star Market) as well as all six related food divisions will report directly to Gannon.  Gannon now becomes executive vice president-marketing and food operations.

Bob Butler, formerly executive vice president-food operations, has decided to retire after 31 years of service.

Felicia Thornton, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will now add responsibility for the company's Six Sigma Quality programme and the office of enterprise program management.

Dunst, Gannon, and Thornton will all serve as members of the company's executive council.

"These changes will drive higher levels of organisational efficiency as we consolidate management of these critically important functions under three of our talented senior leaders," said chairman, CEO and president Larry Johnston. "As the company's strategic plan continues to evolve, these moves will also help increase our focus on customers in local markets, improve program execution, and enhance the experience base of our senior leadership team."