Top Women in Grocery 2018

Jamie Grill-Goodman
Senior Editor
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From the store floor to c-suite, women are leading the charge to keep the grocery industry fresh, relevant and truly consumer-centric. To recognize their efforts, sister publication Progressive Grocer has inducted 362 of them into its "2018 Top Women in Grocery" class.

Many of this year’s Top Women in Grocery occupy influential and highly visible positions, ranging from managers of grocery stores, to midlevel executives responsible for every facet of the business, all the way up to founders and CEOs of their own successful companies. Honorees are presented across three categories:

The 362 honorees, chosen from more than 650 nominees, represent the best of the industry, encompassing both supermarkets and suppliers across the country. Here's a quick look at ten retail names you'll see on the "2018 Top Women in Grocery" list:

10 of the "2018 Top Women in Grocery"

Rhonda DeMello

Director Recruiting/Front End Operations/ Service Excellence, Harris Teeter Supermarkets

Under DeMello’s leadership, Harris Teeter reached its best service performance in the past fiscal year, as measured by customer complaints/com­pliments, mystery shops and customer surveys.


Anne DiFilippo

Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Corporate Digital Marketing, The Kroger Co./ General Office

DiFilippo develops marketing strategies to grow Kroger’s e-commerce business, includ­ing ClickList pickup, home delivery and ship-to-home, and also leads the corporate digital marketing plan for omnichannel shopping experience.


Debbie Gustafson

Senior Application Manager (IS), Giant Eagle

Gustafson led a cross-functional team of multiple vendors, business partners and IT analysts to prepare Giant Eagle’s payment technology for credit card chips, resulting in a seamless rollout. She was also a key player in the launch of the Fuelperks loyalty program, providing technical leadership to ensure that the POS could meet the demands of the new initiative.


Anne Maness

Director, Digital Site Experience, Corporate Digital Marketing,The Kroger Co./ General Office

Maness leads all of Kroger’s digital marketing strategies and operations to expand the company’s e-commerce capabilities around the U.S. and the world. She has significantly increased digital engagements, doubling the number of e-commerce house­holds and acquiring 6.7 million additional digital accounts in the past year.


Amanda Martinez

Group VP, Corporate Procurement, Albertsons Cos./ Supply Chain

Martinez launched a ground-breaking data visualization program for supply chain at Albertsons with IRI, creating new visibility regarding supply chain information to the vendor community.


Liz Micheletti

Manager, Retail Integrity, Supervalu

Having worked in grocery for most of her life, Micheletti now manages and oversees the tag and sign process, as well as point-of-sale promotional pricing tools that are used across six Supervalu retail brands and at more than 230 stores.


Annette Repasch

Group VP, Merchandising, Meijer

Leading the soft­lines division for Meijer, Repasch served as a lead on the first brick-and-mortar My Look, My Style, My Size program. She drove Meijer to be the first retailer to put plus-size clothing on the same rack as other sizes and marking it at the same price.


Jessica Ringena

VP, Innovation/ Business Development, Hy-Vee Inc.

Ringena was central to Hy-Vee’s Short Cuts commissary project, cen­tralizing prep and packaging of grab-and-go produce. She was also part of the de­velopment of Market Grille delivery by working with IT on the user interface and user experience.


Jillian Sirica

Manager, Digital Marketing, Tops Markets LLC

Sirica manages all daily digital mar­keting initiatives, budgets and social media strategies, as well as overseeing strategic business development e-commerce proj­ects integral to Tops’ success. Her team developed a digital sweepstakes promotion that helped drive incremental sales, increase trip frequency and strengthen vendor relationships.


Marcie Wiles

Customer 1st Manager, The Kroger Co./ Dillon’s

Wiles created uplifting experiences for custom­ers, communities and associates through her collaborative work on customer-based metrics, coach­ing organizational teams and working with associate cultural councils.

This year’s winners were recognized in the June print edition of Progressive Grocer. Winners also will be honored at an evening gala awards celebration in downtown Chicago in early November. Click here for the full "2018 Top Women in Grocery" lists and to learn more about the ten exceptional women listed.