People: Safeway Inc (SWY.N)
Mr. Kenneth W. Oder is Independent Director of Safeway Inc., since March 6, 2008. From 1993 to September 2000, Mr. Oder served as Company's Executive Vice President of Labor Relations, Human Resources, Legal and Public Affairs. During his tenure as a Safeway Executive Vice President, Mr. Oder participated in most decisions affecting the Company, including the development of annual business plans, budgeting, overall business strategy and mergers, acquisitions and sales of business units. Mr. Oder’s duties in managing Safeway’s Legal, Information Technology, Public Affairs, Labor and Human Resources departments included the negotiation of all of the Company’s labor agreements, management of the compensation, benefits and employment policies covering all of the Company’s non-union employees, supervision of Company-wide public affairs activities, press relations and lobbying activities, management of all legal matters, oversight of the Company’s information technology programs and chairing the committee that made the investment decisions for the Company’s pension plan covering its non-union employees. Prior to joining Safeway, Mr. Oder was a partner at the law firm Latham & Watkins LLP from 1975 to December 1992, concentrating on business litigation and labor law. He also negotiated labor agreements on behalf of corporations, counseled corporations regarding the interpretation and compliance with labor agreements, represented corporations in labor arbitrations and designed and drafted benefits plans. Mr. Oder has been engaged in investment and philanthropic pursuits since leaving Safeway in September 2000. Mr. Oder holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Virginia.
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