W. Rodney McMullen to president and c.o.o. at Kroger

by Eric Schroeder
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CINCINNATI — The board of directors of The Kroger Co. has elected W. Rodney McMullen as president and chief operating officer, effective Aug. 1. He succeeds Don McGeorge, who announced his intent to retire.

Mr. McMullen joined Kroger in 1978 as a part-time store clerk. He has since held positions of increasing responsibility, including corporate controller, chief financial officer and executive vice-president of strategy, planning and finance. In his current role as vice-chairman, Mr. McMullen’s responsibilities include strategic initiatives, business planning, customer research, finance, corporate technology, real estate, logistics, fuel initiatives and the company’s convenience and jewelry stores.

"I consider it a privilege to work with the great team of associates we have in all areas of our company," Mr. McMullen said. "I appreciate Don’s support as we make this transition and I look forward to working with Dave (Dillon, chairman and chief executive officer) and our entire team as we build on Kroger’s success."

Mr. McGeorge will retire following a 32-year career with Kroger. He began as a store co-manager in Louisville, Ky., and went on to become president of Kroger’s Michigan and Columbus Divisions and was later named executive vice-president, responsible for all sales and merchandising, before being elected to his current role in 2003.

During his career, Mr. McGeorge spearheaded the development of Kroger’s three-tier corporate brands strategy and was an integral part of the team that led the centralization of procurement, merchandising and category management to leverage Kroger’s economies of scale.

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