Larree M. Renda
As one of Safeway’s top female executives for 15 years, Renda managed retail strategies and many administrative roles for one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America. Her areas of influence included labor relations, public affairs, communications, government relations, health initiatives, human resources, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, philanthropy, industrial engineering, IT and real estate. She also oversaw two of Safeway’s wholly owned subsidiary corporations including Safeway Health Inc., a business venture created to provide assistance to other companies in creating a culture of better health for their employees and Property Development Centers Inc., a shopping center development company.
Renda currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors, and Audit and Nominating Governance Committees of Casey’s General Stores, Inc., a public company. Renda was a member of the Board of Directors for HSBC Finance Corporation and for HSBC North America Holdings Inc. from 2001 to 2013 and served on their Audit and Risk Committees. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of Casa Ley, Safeway’s joint venture in Mexico. She was voted one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Business” by Fortune magazine and was a board and Executive Committee member of the California Chamber of Commerce. Renda is the founder of The Safeway Foundation, an organization that oversees the company’s charitable giving activities, and remained Chair until her departure from Safeway earlier this year. Under her direction, Safeway contributed more than $200 million each year to a range of charitable initiatives including food banks, education, breast and prostate cancer awareness and research, and other organizations including Easter Seals, Special Olympics and MDA.