Progressive Grocer Awards Six Food Lion Leaders 2017 Top Women in Grocery Winners

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Progressive Grocer magazine presented six Food Lion leaders with
its prestigious 2017 Top Women in Grocery Award during a formal ceremony
Thursday, Nov. 9 at a special cocktail dinner celebration at the Westin
O’Hare in Chicago, Ill.

Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery recognizes grocery retail
leaders who demonstrate excellence in leadership daily throughout the
industry, their stores and the communities where they proudly live and
work. The awards, which are one of the most prestigious in the grocery
industry, honor leaders in various categories. The Food Lion “Rising
Star” category winners include:

  • Christy Phillips-Brown, Director of External Communications and
    Community Relations

    Christy Phillips-Brown oversees public
    relations, media relations, executive communications, crisis
    communications and community relations. During her tenure, she has
    transformed public relations at the company to drive more proactive
    public relations efforts, such as leveraging brand journalism tools
    and effective storytelling, which have positively positioned Food Lion
    in the grocery industry. Additionally, she led the development of Food
    Lion Feeds, the company’s award-winning hunger-relief platform. The
    initiative works solve the hunger problem so no one has to make tough
    choices when it comes to feeding their families.
  • Heather Siak, Manager, Business Process Change for Food Lion
    who has been with Food Lion for 15 years, is the first point of
    contact for all business areas to initiate change in our more than
    1,000 retail stores. Heather partners across all departments within
    the company to ensure retail processes are easy and have the
    operational support they need.
  • Tiffany Whitlock, Front End Implementation and Training
    Lead/Project Manager for Food Lion

    Tiffany Whitlock, who has
    been with Food Lion for more than 19 years, is the first point of
    contact for Food Lion’s front end strategy implementation work. She is
    responsible for ensuring store leadership teams are well trained and
    develops a high-performing, diverse team of specialists that move
    between multiple markets as Food Lion makes significant investments
    across its operating area.

The “Store Manager” category winners include:

  • Leslie Johnson, Food Lion Store Manager, Durham, N.C.
    Johnson is the store manager of the Food Lion location on 5279 Roxboro
    Road in Durham, N.C. Johnson oversees 40 associates. She has nearly
    seven years of experience with Food Lion. She had an outstanding year
    in regards to financial performance, a direct reflection of her impact
    on the team she leads at her store. Food Lion recognized Johnson
    earlier this year for her outstanding store performance, awarding her
    with a regional Store Manager of the Year award.
  • Nerissa Johnson, Food Lion Store Manager, Columbia,

    Nerissa Johnson is the store manager of the Food Lion
    location on 625 US Highway 64 E. in Columbia, N.C. Johnson oversees
    more than 40 associates. She has nearly 27 years of experience with
    Food Lion and has done many extraordinary things over the past year
    leading her associates and making sure her customers are a first
  • Wendy Thompson, Food Lion Store Manager, Lumberton,

    Wendy Thompson is the store manager of the Food Lion
    location on 2710 Roberts Ave. in Lumberton, N.C. She oversees 40
    associates. She has 22 years of experience working with Food Lion.
    Thompson is a true leader, which has been evident as she has led her
    store and associates to increased sales, responded quickly to
    community challenges such as Hurricane Matthew, and contributed
    heavily to enhancing the overall well-being of her customers and
    associates. Food Lion recognized Thompson earlier this year for her
    outstanding store performance awarding her with its overall Store
    Manager of the Year award.

About Food Lion
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since
1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic
states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its
longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion
is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the
Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness
and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has
committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in
need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Delhaize America, a
U.S. division of Zaandam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group. For more
information, visit


Food Lion
Benny L. Smith, APR, 704-310-4077