CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. is promoting several top executives as the retailer continues to remake its business through its Restock Kroger plan.
“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,” Mike Donnelly, the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said in a statement. “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.”
The personnel moves, effective May 1, are:
• Mary Ellen Adcock has been promoted to senior vice president of retail operations. Adcock joined Kroger two decades ago and has held several leadership positions, including human resources manager, general manager and regional operations manager. She 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.
• Joe Grieshaber, currently president of the Fred Meyer division, has been promoted to senior vice president of merchandising. Grieshaber joined Kroger in 1983. He was promoted to vice president of merchandising for the Columbus division in 2000 before taking on his role as group vice president of perishables merchandising and procurement at the Cincinnati general office in 2003. Grieshaber was named president of the Dillons division in 2010, and 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 of supply chain, manufacturing and sourcing. Clark came to Kroger in 1985 and has since held positions in store and district management.
In addition, Kroger has announced the appointment of several division presidents, as well as one retirement.
Dennis Gibson, president of the King Soopers division, has been promoted to president of the Fred Meyer division. He succeeds Grieshaber. Gibson’s career began in 1984 at Fred Meyer, where he spent eight years in a variety of apparel merchandising roles before assuming the role of vice president and regional director. In 2011, Gibson moved to the Columbus division as vice president of operations before being named vice president of merchandising. He was promoted to president of the QFC division in 2014, and named to his current role in 2016.
Dan De La Rosa, president of the Columbus division, has been promoted to the position of president of the King Soopers division, succeeding Gibson. De La Rosa has a diverse background in operations and merchandising, serving at Ralphs and Food 4 Less as store director, director of corporate brands and district manager.
Marlene Stewart, currently president of the Houston division, will retire from the company after 41 years of service, effective July 20. Stewart started her career with Kroger in 1977 as a bagger. She continued to work full time while attending the University of Cincinnati, from which she graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business. Stewart went on to serve in many leadership roles in the Houston division, including roles in store and district management, merchandising, operations, and training.
Joe Kelley, currently vice president on special assignment, has been promoted to president of the Houston division, effective May 1. He succeeds Stewart.