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Kroger names president of Smith’s division

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Kenny Kimball to succeed Jay Cummins

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has promoted Kenny Kimball, currently vice president of operations in the company’s Smith’s division, to serve as the unit’s president. The promotion is effective April 30. Kimball succeeds Jay Cummins, who retires on April 29.

smiths-logo“Kenny’s passion for developing associates and his commitment to putting our customers first will further accelerate growth in our important Smith’s division markets,” Kroger chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen said in a statement. “Kenny brings to this role leadership experience at all levels of our business and a record of success as both an operator and a merchandiser. We look forward to his leadership as president of Smith’s.”

Kimball joined the company in 1984 as a courtesy clerk in the Smith’s division. He went on to hold several leadership roles with Smith’s, including store manager, district manager and bakery director. He was named Smith’s senior vice president of sales and merchandising in 2009, and in 2012 he moved to Kroger’s Ralphs division, where he served first as vice president of merchandising and then, in 2013, as vice president of operations. Kimball last year served on special assignment at Kroger’s general office in 2015, before taking on his current role at Smith’s in February.

Salt Lake City-based Smith’s operates 138 stores in seven western states.


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