University of Rochester

Advancement Awards

Colleen J. Wegman

'00S (MBA)

Colleen J. Wegman

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Colleen Wegman is president of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., an 83-store supermarket chain headquartered in Rochester. The company has built an international reputation for its overall excellence in quality, customer service, and variety, and for seventeen consecutive years, it has been named to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” including being ranked the top company on this list in 2005.

Colleen graduated from the University of Colorado in 1993 with a degree in sociology and obtained her M.B.A. from the Simon Business School in 2000.

She started with Wegmans in 1991 and worked a variety of positions throughout the store level. She was promoted to assistant manager of Wegmans Brand Products in 1997 and was fundamental in the development of the Nature’s Marketplace department. In 1998, Colleen was promoted to store manager and, after two years, left the store atmosphere to be the director of e-commerce business, leading the Internet marketing department in the area of customer-focused Internet technology.

In 2001, Colleen became the senior vice president of perishables, responsible for the meat, seafood, deli, produce, and prepared foods departments; coordinating financial goals and measures; as well as consolidating Wegmans’ positioning around perishables and meal planning. Colleen was promoted to senior vice president of merchandising in 2001, adding pharmacy, marketing, and special promotions to her list of responsibilities. In 2005, Colleen was named president of the company by her grandfather, the late Robert B. Wegman, who passed away in April 2006.

In 2007, she was named to the Food Marketing Institute Board of Directors, following in her father and grandfather’s footsteps. Colleen is also very active in the United Way of Greater Rochester, having been the 2010 campaign chair and currently serving as chair of its Board of Directors.

Colleen received the Morrie Silver Award from the Rochester Press-Radio Club in 2013 for her longstanding support of the Wegmans LPGA Championship, and she was named the 2012 Northeast Executive of the Year by Griffin Publishing’s Women of Influence in the Food Industry. In 2005, Rochester Business Journal listed her among Rochester’s Influential Women.