Kroger leadership promotions: Steve McKinney as SVP of retail divisions, Monica Garnes as president of the Fry’s division

CINCINNATI, 2018-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (Jan. 30, 2018) announced leadership promotions to support Restock Kroger. Steve McKinney, currently president of the Fry’s Food Stores division, has been promoted to senior vice president of retail divisions for the company, effective February 5. Monica Garnes, currently corporate vice president of produce-floral merchandising, will succeed Mr. McKinney as president of the Fry’s division.

Steve McKinney Promoted to Senior Vice President of Retail Divisions
Mr. McKinney began his career with Kroger in 1981 as a clerk for Florida Choice Supermarkets, a former Kroger banner. While there, he advanced to store manager, buyer and field representative. In 1988, he joined Fry’s in Phoenix, Arizona and served in various leadership positions, including deli director and executive director of operations. He was named vice president of operations for Fry’s in 1998. In 2006, Mr. McKinney was named vice president of operations for Kroger’s Southwest division. In 2007, he was named vice president of operations for the company’s Ralphs division. Mr. McKinney was named president of Fry’s in 2013.

“Steve’s nearly 37 years of Kroger experience and deep knowledge of food retail will help our divisions continue to execute with excellence,” said Mike Donnelly, Kroger’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Steve has always been passionate about creating uplifting associate and customer experiences. We look forward to him joining our senior leadership team as we continue to drive Restock Kroger.”

Monica Garnes Named President of Fry’s Division

Ms. Garnes launched her career with Kroger in 1995 when she joined the management training program in the Columbus division. She held a variety of leadership roles in her 23-year career with the company, including human resources coordinator, produce buyer, store manager, public affairs manager, and district manager before advancing to produce-floral merchandiser in the division. Ms. Garnes was promoted to vice president of merchandising for the Fry’s division in 2013, and named to her current role in 2015.

“Monica is a recognized leader in our business and across the industry,” said Mr. Donnelly. “She combines a willingness to embrace fresh ideas with a keen business savvy that yields real results. As the company’s first African-American division president, we are excited to have Monica drive and influence change in our company through her expertise and perspective, and we are eager for her to bring her passion for people and results to Fry’s.”

Ms. Garnes was twice-named one of the Top Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer magazine and has been recognized as one of the “Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink” by Fortune and Food & Wine magazines. Ms. Garnes has supported the community as a member of the United Way’s Women of Tocqueville and Herbert R. Brown Society. She currently serves on the United Way of Greater Cincinnati Board of Directors, Mount St. Joseph University Board of Trustees, and Lucky’s Market Board of Trustees.

Fry’s is headquartered in Tolleson, Arizona. The company operates 123 stores and employs more than 22,000 associates.

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 453,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers every day in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our 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. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. announced leadership promotions

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2015-2-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL) today announced the promotions of Andrew Cobb to senior vice president and director of accounting, Stuart Smith to senior vice president – planning/redevelopment, Jennifer Cope to vice president – shared services, Jon Meshel to vice president – development/redevelopment, and Ken Wittler to vice president – development.

Commenting on the promotions, CBL’s President and CEO, Stephen Lebovitz said, “These individuals have established themselves as leaders within CBL in their respective fields and the shopping center industry. We are pleased to recognize their accomplishments and significant contributions to the Company with these promotions.”

Andy Cobb joined CBL in June 2002, as vice president – accounting. In February 2007, he was promoted to vice president and director of accounting. Prior to joining CBL Cobb was an audit manager for Arthur Andersen. Cobb is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University, with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Stuart Smith joined CBL as director of tenant coordination in January 2001, and then became director – tenant design and development in April 2003. He was promoted to vice president – planning/redevelopment in February 2007. Smith has been an integral part of numerous anchor store additions to CBL malls and is responsible for advanced planning for all mall expansions and redevelopments within the Company. Smith is a graduate of Penn State University.

Jennifer Cope joined CBL in July 2001, as a junior analyst in Financial Services. In July 2003, Cope was promoted to financial analyst and then to senior financial analyst in July 2006. Her responsibilities included the management of CBL’s insurance and risk management programs, technology for lease reporting needs, joint venture partner relations, and loan closings and assumptions. In June 2011, Cope was promoted to director – financial services & risk management and then to director – business transformation in March 2014. Cope is a graduate of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and an EMBA.

Jon Meshel joined CBL as assistant project manager in August 1999, and was promoted to project manager in September 2003. In November 2011, Meshel relocated from Boston to Chattanooga as director – development/redevelopment and is responsible for adding larger store formats to CBL’s malls. Meshel is a graduate from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

Ken Wittler joined CBL as a project manager in November 1997. Since then, Wittler has overseen the development of more than a dozen malls, additions and renovations for the Company. Prior to joining CBL, Wittler served six years as project manager for Jim Wilson & Associates and four years as Field Engineer for Tribble & Stephens Construction Company. Wittler is a graduate of University of Texas at San Antonio.

About CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interests in or manages 148 properties, including 89 regional malls/open-air centers. The properties are located in 30 states and total 84.2 million square feet including 6.5 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL has regional offices in Boston (Waltham), MA, Dallas (Irving), TX, and St. Louis, MO. Additional information can be found at

CBL contact: Dan Summerlin, Director of Corporate Relations, 423.490.8315,