Donovan Ford is Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for The Save Mart Companies reporting to Shane Sampson, Executive Chairman. Donovan is responsible for developing and implementing company strategies, optimizing operational capabilities, and leading store operations and retail execution for 14,000 associates at approximately 200 stores.
Donovan brings more than 30 years of grocery and retail experience in all aspects of large-scale retail business development with an impressive track record of sales growth, including improving profits, reducing shrink and expanding revenue in multiple markets. Donovan began his career in the stores and later joined Albertsons where he went on to hold a series of leadership positions. Most recently, Donovan served as vice president of operations for Safeway where he oversaw 110 stores in the Washington metropolitan area.