Sobeys appoints Chief Human Resources Officer

STELLARTON, NS, Sept. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Sobeys Inc. today announced the appointment of Simon Gagné as Chief Human Resources Officer.

A native of Matane, QC, Mr. Gagné has, for the past 12 years, served as Vice President, Human Resources, for Sobeys' operations in Québec.

In his new role, and as a member of the company's executive committee, Mr. Gagné will serve as principal counsel and steward for the company's talent attraction, retention and development initiatives, as well as succession and career planning, leadership development and management of the company's people engagement opportunities.

"Simon's experience and success in aligning people and operations strategies, combined with his in-depth knowledge of our organization, makes him uniquely qualified to lead this critical function," said Marc Poulin, President & CEO, Sobeys Inc.

About Sobeys Inc.
Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 105 years. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises more than 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, and Thrifty Foods, as well as Lawton's Drug Stores. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than 95,000 people. The company's goal is to be widely recognized as the best food retailer and workplace environment in Canada.  More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeyscorporate.com.

SOURCE: SOBEYS INC.

For further information:

Media Contacts:
Andrew Walker    
Vice President     
Communications & Corporate Affairs  
Sobeys Inc.      
(905) 214-6711     

Alain Dumas
Senior Director
Public Affairs
Sobeys IGA Operations
(514) 324-1010 ext. 2400

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