Kroger Names Group Vice President of Retail Operations

Kroger has announced the promotion of Mary Ellen Adcock to serve as the company's group vice president of retail operations, effective May 16.


CINCINNATI, March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) today announced the promotion of Mary Ellen Adcock to serve as Kroger's group vice president of retail operations, effective May 16. She succeeds Marnette Perry, whose retirement was previously announced. Ms. Adcock currently serves as vice president of operations for Kroger's Columbus division.

"Mary Ellen brings to her new role a strong track record of success leading teams across our business, including manufacturing, operations and merchandising. She is the right leader to help shape our vision for store operations as we continue investing to grow," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and chief executive officer. "Mary Ellen will be a great addition to our senior leadership team."

Ms. Adcock joined the company's Country Oven Bakery in Bowling Green, KY in 1999. She held several leadership positions of increasing responsibility in Kroger Manufacturing, including vice president of deli/bakery manufacturing in Kroger's general office in 2009. In 2014, Ms. Adcock was named vice president of merchandising for Kroger's Columbus division.

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.