Lori Raya is President of the Southwest Division of Albertsons, Safeway and Vons. As the grocery chain’s chief executive, she has responsibility for 20,000 employees and 200 stores that operate under the Albertsons, Safeway and Vons banners.
Over her 30-year career in the grocery industry, Raya’s duties and responsibilities have accelerated, positioning her as a leader within the retail industry. Raya came to the Southwest Division from Southern California where she served as President of the Southern California Division of Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions. There she was responsible for over 36,000 employees and 355 stores that operate under the Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions banners.
She began her career as a Courtesy Clerk in Safeway’s Denver Division and went on to run store operations in several of the company’s key divisions. After cross-training at the senior level in Safeway’s Corporate Merchandising Department, Raya served as President of the Vons Division of Safeway where she played a key role in the merger and integration of the Albertsons and Vons organizations in Southern California. Her considerable breadth of experience has provided her with a unique set of skills and has earned her a reputation as a seasoned retail executive.
Raya, who has been named to Progressive Grocer’s “Top Women in Grocery” listing for seven consecutive years, is active in the community and a sought-after resource throughout the industry, especially for women professionals seeking mentorship and support in their career development. In addition to fulfilling her role as the 2014 Executive in Residence for the Food Industry Management Program at the USC Marshall School of Business, Raya served as Education Chair for the Western Association of Food Chains and is a member of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. Raya was honored at the 2017 CCEJ Humanitarian Awards Dinner for her support of diversity and inclusion.
Raya is a graduate of the USC Food Industry Executive Program and resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband Sam, a retired Vons Store Manager.