Plaisance Returns to Safeway as S.V.P., Finance and Investor Relations

PLEASANTON, Calif. - Safeway, Inc. said yesterday it had once again named Melissa C. Plaisance its s.v.p., finance and investor relations, an executive officer position with the company. In this capacity she will have overall responsibility for the company's treasury and investor relations functions.

Plaisance returns to Safeway from Del Monte Foods Co., where she served as s.v.p., finance and corporate communications. At Del Monte she oversaw investor relations, corporate communications, and community and government relations.

"Melissa's deep understanding of Safeway's strategy, organizational structure, and corporate culture, coupled with her keen business judgment and analytical ability, will enable her to make significant contributions from day one," said Safeway chairman, president, and c.e.o. Steven A. Burd in a statement. "We are pleased to have Melissa rejoin our executive team."

Before joining Del Monte, Plaisance worked at Safeway for 13 years. She was hired in 1990 as director, investor relations and worked her way up to s.v.p., finance and investor relations in 1995. Before coming to Safeway, she was a relationship manager with Bankers Trust, where she held positions in New York and San Francisco before serving as a v.p. in the bank's leveraged buyout group in Los Angeles.

Safeway operates 1,815 stores in the United States and Western Canada, and had annual sales of $35.6 billion in 2003.
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