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Raley’s Announces Leadership Change, More to Come

COO Kevin Konkel to retire after 44 years with the company
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Raley’s has announced the retirement of COO Kevin Konkel. His retirement, effective Jan. 7, 2022, comes after 44 years with the West Sacramento, Calif.-based company.

“Kevin is the epitome of a service leader.' His knowledge, professionalism and leadership have been a source of stability and inspiration. Kevin is far more than just a business leader; he is a kind and thoughtful person who treats all people with respect and grace. He has been a source of trust and hope for the people of Raley’s,” said Keith Knopf, Raley’s president and CEO, in a statement. “After 44 years, he is leaving our organization an even stronger and better place than it would have been otherwise.”

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Starting with the Bel Air organization in 1978 as a bagger, Konkel progressed through the ranks and joined Raley’s upon the acquisition of Bel Air Markets in 1993. He advanced through the larger Raley’s organization from roles in-store to becoming a district leader to leading the remote market in New Mexico and finally to Raley’s support center. He held senior roles in sales and merchandising, store operations and marketing before becoming a member of the executive leadership team in his role as COO.

“I’ve watched Kevin grow from a fine young man to an outstanding person and leader. His contribution and impact on Raley’s are indelible. Kevin is a man of integrity, kindness and fortitude. I am forever grateful for his dedication to Raley’s and the people he has helped over these many years,” said Mike Teel, Raley’s owner and chairman.

“On behalf of our owner, board of directors, executive leadership team and myself, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for Kevin’s leadership and contribution,” said Knopf.

Raley’s, which recently acquired several other operating companies including Bashas’ Family of Stores, says it “will share a series of leadership changes in the weeks and months ahead.”

 

 

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