PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Friday said Barry Libenson is joining the company as senior vice president and chief information officer, effective July 1.

He succeeds David Ching, who retired from the role earlier this year after 19 years with the company.

As CIO, Libenson will oversee Safeway's information technology business functions, and he will report directly to executive vice president Larree Renda.


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Libenson comes to Safeway from Land O'Lakes, where was senior vice president and chief information officer. During his tenure with Land O'Lakes, Libenson and his team transformed the technology group to ensure that IT was fully aligned and executing against that company's long-term strategic direction. Prior to that, he was vice president and chief information officer at Ingersoll Rand, with responsibility for defining and implementing that company's global electronic and internet business strategies.

Before joining Ingersoll-Rand as vice president of e-business in 2001, he was an executive vice president at Surety.com, a data-integrity services company, and chief executive officer for Visix Software, a software publisher. He also held management positions with Phoenix Technologies and Oracle Corp.

"We are pleased to have someone with Barry's credentials join our executive team as we look to further ensure our IT organization is aligned with our key business strategies," Renda said in a statement. "His track record managing a complex set of technology functions across a diverse group of companies will be of significant value to the organization."

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