Haggen CEO Jim Donald to speak at Bellingham Business Forum

The Bellingham Business Journal

Jim Donald, president and CEO of Haggen, a Bellingham-based grocery chain with 32 stores throughout the Pacific Northwest, will be the keynote speaker at the 10th Annual Western Washington University Bellingham Business Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. at the Hotel Bellwether ballroom, with lunch service beginning at noon; the keynote address will begin at 12:45 p.m.

Before joining Haggen in 2009, Donald worked at Starbucks Coffee Co. as president, North America, working closely with retired CEO Orin Smith and Chairman Howard Schultz. He was responsible for the overall management, business development, and operations of Starbucks in all its North American markets.

Prior to Starbucks, Donald served from 1996 to 2002 as chairman, president and CEO of Pathmark Stores, a $4.6 billion regional supermarket chain with stores in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The Bellingham Business Forum is an annual opportunity for business and civic leaders to connect with friends of the university and to enjoy an address by a prominent professional.

Table sponsorships range from $500 to $2,000; individual tickets are also available for $50. All proceeds from the event support student scholarships.

For more information about attending the forum, call (360) 650-6825 or visit www.foundation.wwu.edu/bbf.

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