Robert L. Edwards

Former President & CEO, Safeway Inc.


Robert L. Edwards is the former President & Chief Executive Officer of Safeway Inc., a United States food and drug retail company. He also served as President & Chief Executive Officer of AB Acquisition LLC, a North American food and drug retail company due to Albertsons’ acquisition of Safeway Inc. Mr. Edwards previously held several other executive level positions with Safeway Inc., including President & Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. He also held executive positions at Maxtor Corporation and Imation Corporation. 

Skills and qualifications

Mr. Edwards provides the Board with retail industry experience, senior leadership, human capital management, capital deployment, global supply chain, information security / data privacy, financial management, risk management, and reputation management skills developed over his more than 40 years of service, including as CEO of Safeway where he was responsible for many of the functions requiring those skills, as CFO of Safeway, Maxtor, and Imation, and in positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of finance, administration, and corporate development at Santa Fe Industries. In addition, his service on other public company boards, including experience as a vice chair, has enhanced those skills and strengthens the Board’s collective oversight capability. He also has experience with the roles and responsibilities of different board committees through current or prior service on the audit, compensation, nominating and governance, and finance committees of other public company boards. 

Other public company boards

Current Within past five years Other past boards


Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. 

Flextronics International Ltd. 

KKR Financial Holdings LLC 

Safeway Inc. 

Spansion Inc.