Donna Tyndall

Well-deserved dual honors for Gelson’s executive

Donna Tyndall is a shoo-in for The Shelby Report of the West’s Woman Executive of the Year award as well as induction into the Food Industry Hall of Fame.


Tyndall is SVP of store operations for Encino, California-based Gelson’s. She was the first woman in management for the upscale grocer. And she has taken that distinction very seriously, wanting to pave the way for other women to join her, not create roadblocks.


Someone who considered a career as a teacher, Tyndall finds enjoyment in leading and nurturing members of the Gelson’s family. She definitely subscribes to the theory of leading by example, not only working long hours at her job but also giving back to charitable organizations and causes. The UCLA grad has received many awards during her 44-year career at Gelson’s, including being selected as Student of the Year in her USC Food Industry Management Class in 1989; being named to the Honor Roll of Women by the Food Industries Sales Managers’ Club of Los Angeles (1998, 2009); receiving the Dennis Day Memorial Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 2003; being honored with the Humanitarian Award from the California Conference for Equality and Justice in 2010; and being inducted into the California Grocers Association Educational Foundation Hall of Achievement in 2016.

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