CINCINNATI — Jessica C. Adelman will join the Kroger Co. as Kroger’s group vice-president of corporate affairs on Nov. 1.

Jessica C. Adelman

With 20 years of experience as a public affairs executive in the food industry, Ms. Adelman most recently was senior vice-president of corporate affairs for agricultural company Syngenta North America since 2008. In that role, she was responsible for corporate brand oversight, government affairs, media relations, crisis and issues communications, litigation communications, internal communications and employee engagement, corporate social responsibility and giving. Ms. Adelman has held several strategic leadership positions at other companies, including director of Cargill Government Solutions.

In her new role with Kroger, Ms. Adelman’s responsibilities will include external communications and brand public relations, media, government and regulatory affairs, corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability, community relations, crisis management, cause-marketing and corporate philanthropy.

“Jessica brings a wealth of public affairs leadership experience and deep knowledge of the food supply chain,” said Rodney McMullen, chairman and chief executive officer of Kroger. “We look forward to welcoming her to our senior leadership team.”