A New Top Lawyer at Supervalu
Having top-shelf legal skills paid off for Supervalu Inc.s Karla Robertson. The in-house lawyer was promoted by the Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based retail grocer to the post of general counsel, executive vice president, and corporate secretary. As of April 3, she has been responsible for the companys legal, risk management, and asset protection functions.
Robertson joined Supervalu in 2009 as senior labor and employment counsel. She most recently served as VP of the employment, compensation, and benefits functions. Shell work closely with the companys non-executive chairman and its board of directors.
After too many reporting periods with low cash in the till, the grocer ousted chief executive officer Craig Heckert, and successor CEO Wayne Sales also was let go. The new GCs promotion was part of sweeping changes by the latest CEO, Sam Duncan. Robertson replaced outgoing GC Todd Sheldon, who will check out later this month after helping with the transition.
Ahead of the legal department shake-up, Supervalu had announced plans to shed several of its banner retailers, including grocer Albertsons Inc. The deals were finalized earlier this year. In March the store said it would further trim down by eliminating approximately 1,100 positions nationwide.
Before joining Supervalu, Robertson worked in the legal department of Minneapolis-based Target Corporation. She was responsible for counseling internal clients on employment law matters and providing legal support for the companys human resources department. Robertson also supported Targets U.S. and India operations as the companys senior employee relations counsel.
Before going in-house, Robertson was a litigator with Minneapolis firm Faegre & Benson, now Faegre Baker Daniels. She earned her J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law and her bachelors degree from the University of Minnesota. After graduation, Robertson clerked for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.