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Melissa C. Plaisance

Senior Vice President, Finance & Investor Relations
Safeway, Inc.


Melissa C. Plaisance is Senior Vice President, Finance & Investor Relations for Safeway Inc., one of the largest supermarket companies in North America, with $36 billion in sales in 2013. She also serves as an Executive Officer of the company. Melissa has responsibility for the treasury and investor relations departments, manages the company's banking and rating agency relationships and is involved in the company's strategic development activities. While at Safeway, she has participated in five acquisitions, developed dividend and share repurchase strategies, participated in six equity roadshows, directed the IPO of the Company's Blackhawk Network subsidiary and was project lead on the sale of the company's Canadian operations. She also oversees the production of the company's Annual Report and Fact Book and the organization of the company's Annual Investor Conference, Annual Stockholders Meeting and Bank Meetings.

Ms. Plaisance joined Safeway in September 1990 as Director of Investor Relations. She was promoted to Vice President of Investor Relations in 1993. After taking on responsibility for media relations, government relations and community relations in 1994, she was promoted to Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and Public Affairs in 1995. She assumed responsibility for Treasury in 1999, and was named SVP, Finance and Investor Relations in 2000. In early 2004, she left the company to serve as SVP, Finance and Communications at Del Monte Foods, but returned to Safeway in her current role later that year.

Prior to joining Safeway, she was a relationship manager with Bankers Trust, where she held positions in New York and San Francisco before becoming a Vice President in the bank's leveraged buyout group in Los Angeles.

Ms. Plaisance graduated cum laude from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA with a BS in Business Administration and received an MBA from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management.

Plaisance serves as the Finance Chair of the Bucknell Alumni Association Board of Directors, and will become President in July 2014. She is also a member of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), and served on the Steering Committee of the NIRI Senior Roundtable and as Co-Chair of the NIRI National Conference in 2011. She also is currently First Vice President of the Headlands Homeowner Association.

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