PLEASANTON — Safeway’s CEO Steve Burd will retire in May after more than 20 years with the grocer.
The chain, which has stores across the country, says it will search for a successor both internally and externally.
The 63-year-old Burd says he wants to spend more time with one of his signature pursuits at Safeway: health care. Safeway raised more than $2 billion for charities, including more than $200 million for cancer research under Burd’s leadership, according to the company.
“While I still have the high level of energy and enthusiasm I brought to the company 20 years ago,” said Burd. “I need more personal time and, given my extensive work in health care, I want to pursue that interest further.”