Ontario, California-based Cardenas Markets has promoted Leticia G. Espinoza to the role of chief legal officer.
In this position Espinoza will continue to report directly to Doug Sanders, chairman and CEO for Cardenas Markets, and will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of the company’s legal, risk management, quality assurance, payroll, human resources and training departments.
“Leticia has demonstrated strong initiative, stellar leadership skills and has proven to be an invaluable legal resource,” Sanders stated. “She also possesses strong business acumen which enables our company to align, achieve and advance our business priorities in compliance with government and regulatory guidelines.”
Espinoza joined Cardenas Markets as general counsel and corporate secretary in 2019 and brings more than 23 years of legal experience to her new role. Prior to joining the Cardenas Markets team, she served as direct in-house legal counsel for another Hispanic grocer. Espinoza has served both publicly traded and privately held organizations and has extensive experience in the areas of corporate law, labor and employment law, legal department organization and management, human resources, risk management, compliance, construction, real estate and financial services.
Additionally, Espinoza holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Southern California and a juris doctor degree from Cornell Law School. She also serves on the board of directors for the Cardenas Markets Foundation.
Cardenas Markets operates a total of 53 stores under the Cardenas banner and seven stores under the Cardenas Ranch Markets banner. Today, Cardenas Markets is one of the largest Hispanic grocery chains in the country with stores in California, Nevada and Arizona.