Shane Sampson, EVP and chief marketing and merchandising officer of Albertsons Cos., is leaving the company at the end of its second fiscal quarter on Sept. 7. A search for his successor is underway.
“Shane has been instrumental in building the Albertsons Cos. we know today—both at a division level and nationally,” Vivek Sankaran, president and CEO of the of Boise, Idaho-based retailer, said in a release announcing Sampson's exit. “Since 2013, he has helped our team turn around operations in addition to building a robust merchandising and marketing function to help support our 2,200-plus locations.”
With more than 35 years of grocery industry experience, Sampson has been Albertsons chief marketing and merchandising officer since April 2015. Prior to that role, he was EVP of marketing and merchandising, as well as president of New Albertsons LP's Jewel-Osco division. Before joining New Albertsons LP, he was SVP of operations for Giant Food, a division of Ahold USA.
During his tenure at Albertsons, Sampson launched the company’s e-commerce business in key markets and strengthened it in others, said Sankaran in a release, crediting him with “accelerating the growth of our own brands business by envisioning a faster, smarter way to connect with customer needs.
“[Sampson] has been a champion for omnichannel growth both internally and with our supplier community,” said Sankaran. “Throughout his years with Albertsons and in the industry, he has mentored countless thousands in running great stores. I know that he will do great work in whatever he chooses to take on next.”