Mike Theilmann

EVP & CHRO at Albertsons Companies

Mike Theilmann is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Albertsons Companies.

Mike joined Albertsons Companies in 2019, which was in the beginning stages of defining a strategic transformation that would ultimately lead the company to an IPO in 2020. In leading the Human Resources function, Mike is the company’s resident culture authority and cheerleader, and his work encompasses diversity and inclusion; talent development, acquisition and engagement; leadership development; learning and capability development; compensation and benefits; organizational effectiveness; HR operations; labor relations; and communications and public affairs. Mike and his team also partner across all areas of the business to advance the company’s culture.

Prior to joining Albertsons Cos., Mike was with Heidrick & Struggles, having joined the firm in 2017 as a Partner in their Consumer Markets Practice. Soon after, he was promoted to Global Practice Managing Partner of the Human Resources Officers Practice, working with clients to ensure that HR leaders and their teams were equipped with the right qualifications to lead and manage in this rapidly changing global environment. Prior to his time with Heidrick & Struggles, Mike had accumulated more than 25 years of global experience across retail, hospitality, consumer goods, and venture capital. During his career, he served as Group Executive Vice President of J.C. Penney, leading human resources, store operations, supply chain management, and communications. Prior to joining J.C. Penney in 2005, Mike had been with Yum Brands and its predecessor PepsiCo since 1993, serving in senior human resources positions throughout the world for Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Yum corporate and the Yum International division. Widely recognized as a leader in customer and employee satisfaction, Yum was named the #1 Place to Work in Dallas in 2003 and #2 in 2004 by The Dallas Business Journal and is one of Fortune Magazine's "Most Admired Companies" in America and "50 Best Companies for Minorities." Before joining Yum, Mike worked in Human Resources at Diageo and began his career as an actuary at Towers Perrin.

Mike serves on the board of two venture-backed technology companies; Catapult Health and Leapyear Technologies. He also serves on the board of Network of Executive Women. A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, Mike also holds an MS in Physics from the University of Nebraska.


  • EVP & CHRO

    Current role