MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter has named Tammy DeBoer as its next president. She will succeed Rod Antolock, who has announced plans to retire effective February 1.
DeBoer currently serves as senior vice president of merchandising, operations, and marketing for Harris Teeter. She joined the retailer, a division of Kroger Co., in 2020 and has been responsible for leading operations, merchandising, and marketing and overseeing the company’s 258 stores across seven states and Washington D.C. Before joining Harris Teeter DeBoer served as an executive with Family Dollar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dollar Tree Inc., where she most recently served as the organization’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. Prior to joining Family Dollar, she spent nearly six years with Delhaize America, where she held various leadership roles in merchandising and operations and led the company through acquisitions and the introduction of pilot stores.
“Tammy is a seasoned veteran of the retail industry. Her broad and deep experience, including brand transformation, merchandising, operations, and more, make her a true asset to Harris Teeter and the leading choice to assume the role of president,” said Mary Ellen Adcock, Kroger’s senior vice president of operations.
DeBoer has been recognized several times as “One of the Most Influential Women in Mass Market Retail” by MMR. The Mecklenburg Times recognized her as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte.”
DeBoer holds a bachelor’s degree in Technology from Appalachian State University and completed the Supermarket Business Executive course with Cornell University.
Antolock is retiring from Harris Teeter after nearly 22 years of service, the company said.
“Rod’s leadership has been instrumental to the growth and success of Harris Teeter for more than two decades. His commitment to customer service and quality will continue to guide Harris Teeter into the future,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO.
Antolock joined Harris Teeter in 2000, and he has served in numerous executive positions, including senior vice president of operations and senior vice president of operations and merchandising. Antolock was promoted to executive vice president in 2012, where he led several teams, including merchandising, operations, marketing, human resources, loss prevention, store development, quality assurance and distribution, and manufacturing. He was named president of Harris Teeter in 2015. Prior to joining Harris Teeter, Antolock served in various leadership roles for the Albertsons Companies between 1978 and 2000.
During his time with Harris Teeter, Antolock led the development of the company’s “Service Excellence” customer engagement model and introduced new ways of operating, including a new urban upscale model, expanded store format and a model store walk concept. Under his leadership, Harris Teeter also expanded into multiple new geographies, including Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Delaware.