Kroger Announces Several Executive Appointments
The Kroger Co. announced several executive promotions to support Restock Kroger and the company's long-term growth.
"We are making progress on redefining the customer experience, and our high-performing leaders are determined to maintain that momentum in year two of Restock Kroger and beyond," said Mike Donnelly, Kroger's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "Each of these promotions is consistent with Kroger's track record of strong succession planning and will help ensure we continue driving toward our growth objectives."
Some of the key executive promotions the massive grocer announced include:
Mary Ellen Adcock
Mary Ellen Adcock, currently group vice president of retail operations, has been promoted to senior vice president, retail operations.
"Mary Ellen quickly established herself as a key contributor to both the sales and operations organization as well as to the senior executive team,” said Donnelly. “She led Kroger's efforts to deliver an unprecedented $1 billion in operational savings in 2018 and will no doubt successfully extend her proven track record while overseeing several of Kroger's retail supermarket divisions."
Adcock joined Kroger in 1999 at Country Oven Bakery, a manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, KY. She held several manufacturing leadership positions, including human resources manager, general manager and regional operations manager. She was promoted to vice president of deli/bakery manufacturing in 2009. In 2012, Adcock was promoted to vice president of natural foods merchandising, where she led the launch of Simple Truth.
Adcock was promoted in 2014 to vice president of merchandising for the Columbus division and became vice president of operations for the same division in 2015. While in the Columbus division, she led her team to achieve a double-digit increase in sales and market share growth. She was promoted to her current role in 2016.
Joe Grieshaber, currently president of the Fred Meyer division, has been promoted to senior vice president, merchandising.
"Joe brings to the senior merchandising role experience in a variety of leadership roles throughout the company, including most recently leading our successful Fred Meyer division with its broader mix-oriented retail format," said Donnelly.
Grieshaber began his career with Kroger in 1983 as a store management trainee in Nashville, TN. He has served in a variety of leadership roles with Kroger. In 2000, Grieshaber was promoted to vice president of merchandising for the Columbus division before taking on his role as group vice president of perishables merchandising and procurement at general office in Cincinnati in 2003. He was then named president of the Dillons division in 2010. Grieshaber served as president of the Columbus division before moving to his current role in 2017.
Robert Clark, currently senior vice president of merchandising, has been named senior vice president, supply chain, manufacturing and sourcing.
"Robert will continue to focus on building capacity in Kroger's outstanding manufacturing and distribution networks to support our anything, anytime, anywhere customer ecosystem," said Donnelly.
Clark has held various leadership positions, including store and district management as well as in grocery merchandising. In 2002, he was named vice president of merchandising for Fry's. In 2010, he was promoted to vice president of operations for the Columbus division before taking on the role of vice president of merchandising for the Fred Meyer division in 2011. Clark was promoted to group vice president of non-perishables in 2013, and to his current role in March 2016.