Kristal Howard appointed Head of Corporate Communications and Media Relations at Kroger

CINCINNATI, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today (April 24, 2017) Kristal Howard has been named Head of Corporate Communications and Media Relations.

Ms. Howard will be responsible for national media and corporate communications and will serve as the company’s spokesperson.

“Kristal is a consummate PR pro who understands the intersection of food, media, our customers and other stakeholders,” said Keith Dailey, Kroger’s senior director of external affairs. “We are excited she has accepted this new role to help elevate Kroger’s unique story.”

Ms. Howard has been serving as public relations manager for Kroger’s Dallas and Houston divisions since 2010. She has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Top 30 under 30” PR professionals by PR News in 2013, included in Progressive Grocer magazine’s Top Women in Grocery, and was recently named one of 10 “Black Women to Know in PR, Tech & Digital Media” in Ebony magazine. She is a graduate of the University of Houston.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger appoints Matt Perin as Head of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs

CINCINNATI,, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today ( Jan. 17, 2017) Matt Perin has joined the company as Head of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs.

Mr. Perin will be based in Washington, D.C. and responsible for Kroger’s federal government relations efforts, including working closely with the company’s supermarket operating divisions and other subsidiaries to counsel and guide state and local advocacy activities.

Mr. Perin previously served as deputy director of government relations for the Bayer Corporation. Before joining Bayer, he was staff director for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition & Horticulture. He has also served as a Congressional legislative assistant and political campaign manager. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.

“Matt’s involvement and relationships with leaders in Washington will help advance our federal and state lobbying efforts and elevate Kroger’s unique story among these influential stakeholders,” said Keith Dailey, Kroger’s senior director of external affairs. “We look forward to having Matt’s expertise on the ground in Washington.”

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,253 pharmacies, 787 convenience stores, 324 fine jewelry stores, 1,439 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.