OAKLAND, Calif. -- Steven A. Burd took the consultant's route to the top at Safeway. He was part of a team of consultants that conducted a strategic review and operating plan in mid-1992. By October of that year, he was named president. several other investments held by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., New York. KKR owns 65% of Safeway's stock. However, Safeway is the first company at which Burd has accepted a full-time management position, and it's likely to be a lengthy tenure, company ...

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