Wayne Denningham has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Albertsons Companies.

Denningham, who currently is executive vice-president and c.o.o., will continue to lead store operations with added oversight of marketing and merchandising, supply chain, manufacturing, and integration.

He began his career with Albertson’s, Inc. in 1977 as a clerk and worked his way up in the organization, serving in district manager roles in three different divisions before being named division president, first of the Rocky Mountain division and later the Florida division.  Subsequently, he was promoted to regional president for five divisions of Albertsons, and then served as both executive vice-president of marketing and merchandising and executive vice-president of operations for the company before leaving in 2004.

He joined Albertson’s LLC in 2006 and served as division president of the Rocky Mountain, Florida and Southern divisions over the next seven years. In March 2013, he was named division president of the Southern California division following the acquisition of 877 stores from Supervalu, and in January 2015, he assumed the role of south region COO following Albertson’s merger with Safeway. He was named executive vice-president and COO in April 2015.

“This is the strongest leadership team I’ve worked with in my 50+ years in this industry,” said Robert G. Miller, chairman and chief executive officer. “I asked Wayne to join Albertsons in 2006 to lead our Rocky Mountain Division. Since that time, he’s led three different divisions, helped to negotiate and manage some of our most significant acquisitions, and successfully turned around some of our toughest assets. He’s a remarkable leader with tremendous grocery retail acumen, and I’m pleased that he’s accepted this new role.”