Heffernan has overall responsibility for Topco’s center store program, which includes grocery, frozen, health and beauty care, general merchandise and dairy/bakery. In addition, she oversees marketing, brand management, creative and packaging production, member services, master data management and supply chain.
In addition, Heffernan is co-chair of Topco's operations team, which is comprised of executives representing 13 members in key roles including marketing, merchandising and operations. This cross-member team reports directly into the Topco Associates board of directors.
Throughout Heffernan’s career, she has received distinguished honors and recognition. Most recently she was awarded Affiliated Foods Inc.’s Corporate Management Team Leader of the Year Award in August 2019. In 2015, she was recognized by Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence and Store Brands magazine as the recipient of the Top Woman in Store Brands Innovation Award.
Heffernan grew up in Vermont playing ice hockey. She carried this passion through to college as a member of Cornell University’s varsity hockey team. In her spare time, Heffernan continues her love of hockey, coaching her son’s youth hockey team.
Heffernan holds a bachelor’s degree in food industry management from Cornell University.