Supermarket retailerSafeway Inc., Pleasanton, Calif., said Texas Division PresidentTom Schwilkewill join the company’s corporate merchandising team as president & general manager, perishables. Schwilke will report to Kelly Griffith, president, merchandising.
Succeeding Schwilke as Texas division president will bePaul McTavish, currently vice president, retail marketing execution in Safeway’s Denver division.
Safeway said Schwilke began his company career in 1982 as a clerk in the company’s Seattle division where he advanced through the retail ranks to store manager and district manager. He was promoted to director, corporate retail operations in 2000, and later to vice president. He was named vice president, retail operations at Vons, and six years later returned to Safeway’s corporate office as group vice president, produce and floral. Schwilke was promoted to his most recent assignment in Texas in 2008.