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Kroger names Donna Giordano president of Ralphs
July 26th, 2011
CINCINNATI – Kroger Co. has promoted Donna Giordano to president of its Los Angeles-based Ralphs division, which operates 256 supermarkets. She succeeds Mike Donnelly, who was recently promoted to senior vice president of merchandising for Kroger.
Giordano, 57, has been serving since 2002 as president of the Kroger's Seattle-based Quality Food Centers (QFC) division. She will transition into her new post in early August.
"Donna is an engaging and strategic leader who has earned the respect of our associates," said Rodney McMullen, president and chief operating officer of Kroger. "Donna's extensive experience and focus on connecting with customers has contributed to the success of QFC. She has passion and gets the job done. We are excited that she accepted this new role to lead Ralphs."
Giordano has had a long career at Kroger. She joined the company's King Soopers chain in 1972 while still in college, was named a store manager in 1982, and later held various director-level positions in key areas, including advertising, bakery, general merchandise, grocery, and pharmacy. Giordano was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for King Soopers in 1999, and was promoted to president of QFC in 2002.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to connect with Ralphs customers and associates," Giordano said. "And I would like to thank the QFC team for their support and dedication to our customers in the Northwest. I look forward to working with our great Southern California team to deliver value and a superior shopping experience to our customers while creating more opportunities for associates."