Albertson’s, Inc. (NYSE: ABS) announced that Kathy J. Herbert, 48, has been named Executive Vice President – Human Resources, reporting directly to Larry Johnston, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Herbert will assume responsibility for the all the Company’s human resource functions and serve as a member of Albertson’s Executive Committee.

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“We are fortunate to have an executive with Kathy Herbert’s talents join our senior leadership team as we proceed on an aggressive restructuring program to unleash Albertson’s great potential,” Johnston said. “Her broad range of experiences in this industry give her unique insights into the needs of our business as well as those of our 235,000 associates. I am excited about working with Kathy to mold a strong and vibrant human resource plan for Albertson’s future.”

Herbert most recently served as Vice President – Human Resources for the Company’s Jewel-Osco Division, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Jewel-Osco is the leading food-drug retailer in the Chicago area and employs more than 45,000 associates. She is an industry veteran, having spent her entire career in the food and drug retailing industry, serving in a diverse range of assignments, including marketing, operations and human resources.

Herbert holds a Masters degree from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. She will be based at Albertson’s Boise, Idaho headquarters.

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