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.

Kroger: Mike Donnelly Named Executive VP and COO; Fred Morganthall retires

  • EVP of Retail Operations Fred Morganthall to Retire;
  • EVP of Merchandising Mike Donnelly Named EVP and COO

CINCINNATI, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced its executive leadership team to support the company’s Restock Kroger Plan.

“Kroger is fortunate to have a leadership team that combines deep experience with creative new talent as we strategically reposition the company through our Restock Kroger Plan,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO.

Fred Morganthall, Kroger’s executive vice president of retail operations, will retire after 31 years of distinguished service, effective November 30. Mike Donnelly, currently Kroger’s executive vice president of merchandising, will assume responsibility for both operations and merchandising as executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective November 1.

Kroger’s key lines of business continue to be led by three executive vice presidents who are driving execution of Restock Kroger: Mr. Donnelly, Mike Schlotman, who serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer, and Chris Hjelm, who serves as executive vice president and chief information officer.

Fred Morganthall to Retire after 31 Years of Service
Mr. Morganthall will retire from the company after 31 years of service, and 44 years in the food industry.

“There are few people in our industry as widely respected as Fred,” said Mr. McMullen. “He worked tirelessly to establish the Harris Teeter brand and, after our merger, to help position Kroger for future success. We’ve all benefited from Fred’s passion for grocery retail and operational excellence. We are grateful for Fred’s distinguished service and many contributions to Kroger and Harris Teeter, and we wish him and his family all the best.”

Mr. Morganthall’s professional life began at Procter & Gamble in 1973. His career in grocery retail began in 1978 at Spartan Stores in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he was responsible for grocery, frozen and dairy purchasing as well as general merchandise and beauty care. In 1986, he joined Harris Teeter as director of grocery merchandising. With Harris Teeter, Mr. Morganthall served in a number of executive management positions, including vice president of merchandising, vice president of distribution and vice president of operations before being named president in 1997. Under his leadership, Harris Teeter grew and firmly established its identity as a retailer that provides exceptional customer service and in-store experience.

After the 2013 merger of Kroger and Harris Teeter, Mr. Morganthall was named Kroger’s senior vice president in June 2015. He was promoted to his current role, executive vice president of retail operations, in September 2015.

Mr. Morganthall has been an active leader in industry organizations, including serving as chair of the Food Marketing Institute. In 2016, FMI honored him with its most prestigious leadership recognition, the Sidney R. Rabb Award.

Mr. Morganthall and his wife, Judy, plan to spend time with family, especially grandchildren, and look forward to traveling together.

Mike Donnelly Named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Donnelly, Kroger’s executive vice president of merchandising, will assume responsibility for the company’s operations and merchandising as EVP and COO, effective November 1.

“Mike and his team will help us redefine the food and grocery experience for customers and drive sales,” said Mr. McMullen. “By bringing merchandising and operations together under Mike’s leadership, we will build synergies between our teams and accelerate our efforts to establish a truly seamless customer experience.”

Mr. Donnelly began his career at Fry’s Food Stores in California in 1978. He advanced to several leadership positions at Fry’s, including district management. He was named vice president of merchandising for Fry’s in 1995 and promoted to president of the Fry’s division in 2000. He has served as Kroger’s senior vice president of drug/GM, president of the company’s Ralphs division, and senior vice president of merchandising before being promoted to his current position in 2015.

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritTMWe are 450,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers daily 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.

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Kroger hosts Savor World Flavor: Taste of Italy event

CINCINNATI, 2016-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Inspired by the culinary traditions and regional recipes of Italy, The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) family of stores is making it possible for customers to experience locally-sourced ingredients and authentic fare, during a two-week event, Savor World Flavor: Taste of Italy.

Starting September 14, customers can “eat like an Italian” as Kroger stores nationwide make it easy to explore savory antipasti offerings, flavorful sauces and pastas, classic desserts, famous cheeses and spirited wines. In creating the inspired offering, a team of Kroger food adventurers traveled to the Mediterranean country to discover some of Italy’s finest offerings–which are now available in Kroger stores nationwide.

During the food-centric event, customers can enjoy delicious foods sourced directly from food and wine producers throughout Italy such as dry-cured prosciutto and salami, aged Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and varieties of olives. They’ll also find fresh pasta, 100 percent Sicilian extra virgin olive oil, the perfect tomato sauces, tiramisu, and wines for every occasion, including Prosecco, Chianti from the best Tuscan regions and Pinot Grigio from the Trentino-Alto Adige region.

Taste of Italy will feature samples, recipe ideas, new food products, buy-one-get-one-free offers and events that bring a taste of Italian culture to Kroger stores across the country. Select stores will host educational “Crack the Parm” events, where a cheese specialist will demonstrate how to crack a Parmigiano Reggiano cheese wheel weighing nearly 80 pounds.

“Savor World Flavor is about discovery and sourcing delicious foods from around the world, and bringing the products, inspiration and experience into our stores. We are bringing flavors of the world to our customers’ dinner tables, putting authentic Italian fare easily within reach,” said Mike Donnelly, Kroger’s executive vice president of merchandising. “The popularity of last year’s Taste of Italy event demonstrated to us that another visit to the flavor-rich country in search of new items and recipes would be enthusiastically received by our customers. We’re excited to expand our commitment to being a destination for creative meal ideas and international fare.”

Kroger continues to expand its internationally-inspired product offerings under its exclusive brand HemisFares™, which debuted with the company’s first Taste of Italy event last fall. In September, HemisFares™ will introduce Italian favorites including antipasti jars, flavored oils, gelato, and new pastas and pasta sauces.

Kroger will host a national Twitter party at 3 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 17, for customers to learn more about Italian cuisine and culture. To participate, follow @kroger on Twitter.

This is Kroger’s fourth Savor World Flavor event, which has included Taste of México in 2014, Taste of Italy in 2015 and Taste of Spain earlier this year. For more details, including recipes and an easy-to-use, authentic meal planning experience, “How to Eat Like an Italian”, please visit www.italianworldflavor.com.

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 2,778 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 2,231 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,387 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.

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SOURCE: The Kroger Co.