BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Jim Donald, a former chief executive officer at Starbucks Inc. and Pathmark Stores Inc., this week was named president CEO of regional food and drug chain Haggen Inc.
He succeeds Dale Henley, who announced his retirement earlier this year.
The company said Henley, who was president and CEO since 1996, will become a nonexecutive chairman of the board at Haggen and continue as president and CEO of Haggen real estate affiliate Briar Development Co.
Donald served as Starbucks’ president and CEO from 2005 to 2008 and held the same title at Pathmark from 1996 to 2002.
A 30-year veteran of the supermarket industry, he also served as a president of Safeway’s Eastern Division and was handpicked by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. founder Sam Walton as vice president of food merchandising at the discount giant, where he helped lead the development and expansion of Wal-Mart Supercenters, according to Haggen. He also held various positions, including store operations, at Albertstons Inc.
Donald was named one of the world’s top 25 CEOs in 2006 by The Best Practice Institute, Haggen noted.
The retailer operates 33 supermarkets in Washington and Oregon under the Haggen Food & Pharmacy and TOP Food & Drug banners.