For Immediate Release
March 22, 2010
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Safeway Inc.
Teena Massingill

(BPRW) Safeway's Valerie D. Lewis Named to Savoy Magazines Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America

(BLACK PR WIRE) (March 22, 2010) PLEASANTON, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Safeway Inc. announced that Senior Corporate Counsel Valerie D. Lewis was named to Savoy Magazines prestigious list of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. 

Top 100 List, featured in the magazine's Spring 2010 issue, recognizes those African Americans who have made a significant positive impact on the profession, the corporate world and their communities. 

Ms. Lewis has been a key member of Safeways legal team for more than 14 years. She is considered a resource within the supermarket industry on a range of legal, health and food safety issues. Ms. Lewis has corporate legal responsibility for food, health, safety, consumer protection and labeling issues, environmental and other regulatory compliance and litigation, as well as Proposition 65 (California), commercial, product liability and general litigation. She is also integrally involved in the development of policy and training, and she is responsible for implementation of and compliance with consumer, corporate and intellectual technology privacy issues. 

Ms. Lewis is a founding member of the Safeway African American Leadership Network and currently serves as the networks Chairperson. She is also a Trustee of the Alameda County Medical Center, one of the largest public health care systems in the country. Ms. Lewis is a member of the Boards of Directors of The Executive Leadership Council, Leadership Education and Development (LEAD), the Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce and the Youth Law Center. 

We are pleased to see Valerie included on this prestigious list. We congratulate her on this well-earned recognition, said Robert Gordon, Safeways Senior Vice President and General Counsel. 

About Safeway
Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 50 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, based on sales. The company operates 1,725 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $40.8 billion in 2009. The company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY. Safeway supports a broad range of charitable and community programs and in 2009 donated more than $250 million to important causes, such as cancer research, education and hunger relief. 

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