BOISE, Idaho, Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Albertsons Companies announced today that it has appointed current Vice President of Corporate Communications Christine Wilcox to the position of Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs. Wilcox is filling a vacancy created when Brian Dowling retired from the company earlier this year.
Wilcox is an 18-year veteran of Albertsons, and for the last ten years has served in both internal communications and public relations roles for the company. As part of Wilcox's new role with Albertsons Companies, she will lead a newly integrated internal and external communications team and will drive the company's communications strategy around its growth, trajectory, innovative practices and community involvement - all of which help enable it to run really great stores. As part of the new approach, Albertsons Companies has also partnered with The Glover Park Group, a leading strategic communications firm. "Chris has been an instrumental leader in our company since we began in 2006, and her passion for our history, employees and loyal customers is self-evident. Chris is yet another example of what we aim to do at Albertsons Companies — empower really talented people and encourage them to grow their careers here," said Andy Scoggin, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Public Affairs and Government Relations. An Idaho native, Wilcox graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature. She joined Albertsons in 1998 as an editor, and held positions of increasing responsibility, including executive liaison to the Board of Directors, Training Director for Albertson's, Inc., and Training and Communications Director for two former subsidiaries of Albertson's, Inc. which were operated separately from the company. Wilcox accepted a role as Southwest Division Communications and Public Affairs Director with Albertson's LLC in 2006. She was named Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for Albertson's LLC in 2013 following the acquisition of stores from SUPERVALU. About Albertsons Companies Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. The company operates stores, manufacturing plants and distribution centers across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 19 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is dedicated to helping people across the country live better lives. In 2015 alone, with the help of generous customers, Albertsons Companies and the Albertsons Companies Foundation gave more than $270 million in food and financial support to the more than 2,300 communities they serve, improving the lives of millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities, and veterans outreach. Albertsons Companies is committed to making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. Albertsons Companies Media Contacts:Christine Wilcox 208.395.4163 firstname.lastname@example.orgTeena Massingill 925.226.5820 email@example.com Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160425/359528LOGO