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C-Store Women Leadership Roundup for July 2024

Updates from Parkland Corp., EG America, Monster Energy and more
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CSP Staff

Welcome to the Convenience-Store Women (CSW) People Roundup, where women in the convenience-store industry are highlighted for career changes, promotions, retirements and more each month. Read on for news about retailers, suppliers, distributors and more.


bp engineering women

Photo courtesy of  bp

Global oil company and convenience-store operator bp celebrated International Women in Engineering Day by sharing the stories of these four company leaders: Ila Glennia, vice president of subsea; Yvette Baxter-Drayton, vice president of process and progress safety; Anchala Klein, vice president of wells engineers; and LaToya Stallworth, area production manager. International Women in Engineering Day was originally set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) as a national campaign to raise the profile of female engineers and encourage more young women and girls to take up engineering careers, with events and activities organized across the globe, according to Chicago-based bp.

  • bp is No. 7 on CSP’s 2024 Top 202 ranking of U.S. c-store chains by store count.

Parkland Corp., an international fuel distributor, marketer and convenience retailer, has combined its commercial and retail operations in the United States and international regions under Donna Sanker who was named president of international on July 1. Prior to this position, Sanker was president of Parkland USA. Before joining the Calgary, Alberta-based company, Sanker served as chief operating officer for bp.

  • Parkland Corp. is No. 38 on CSP’s 2024 Top 202 ranking of U.S. convenience-store chains by store count.

Lisa N’Chonon was named chief financial officer and treasurer of EG America. After serving in the role on an interim basis for the last several months, N’Chonon will continue to lead all aspects of the finance organization, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, tax and treasury and risk management. Since joining the company in 2017, N’Chonon has previously held roles such as chief accounting officer and vice president of accounting operations. The Westborough, Massachussetts-based convenience-store chain also named Whitney Johnson as vice president of loyalty and digital commerce and Laura Sherman was named general counsel.


Talking Rain

Photo courtesy of Talking Rain Beverage Co.

Talking Rain Beverage Co. has promoted Veronica Blankenship to the position of chief people and communications officer. In her new role, she will oversee all aspects of human resources, culture and corporate communications at the beverage company. Prior to this position, Blankenship served as the executive vice president of people at the the Preston, Washington-based beverage company. It's an incredible honor to work alongside so many talented Rain Makers who are helping foster stronger community, wellbeing and inclusivity at our company and beyond, said Blankenship. Talking Rain is changing the game in the better-for-you refreshment category, thanks to the passion, curiosity, and collaboration of our Rain Makers. I'm thrilled to invite others on this journey of living life in full flavor.

Corona, California-based Monster Energy has named Summer Daniels as a category manager for the energy drink company, according to a post on LinkedIn. Prior to this position, Daniels was senior category manager, packaged and alcoholic beverages, MAPCO, Franklin, Tennessee. Daniels was a finalist for CSP’s 2024 Category Manager of the Year (CMOY) Awards that are nominated by the convenience-store supplier community.

Dallas-based Flexeserve has named Rachel Paul as key accounts manager for the hot-holding manufacturer and food-to-go specialist. In her new role, Paul will manage the day-to-day operations and strategic relationships with customers, rep partners and authorized dealers.  “I’m excited to be part of the Flexeserve team,” Paul said. “The company is constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in hot-holding with its unique technology and expertise. Having kept a close eye on Flexeserve’s growth to date, I’ve seen how integral the customer experience is, enabling retailers to embrace true hot-holding with ease.

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