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The Kroger Co. has named Rick Going president of the company's new Nashville division, Calvin Kaufman president of the new Louisville division, Jayne Homco president of the Michigan division, and Erin Sharp group VP of Kroger manufacturing.
"Rick, Calvin, Jayne and Erin bring to their new roles a passion for customers and proven experience leading teams to deliver consistently strong performance," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's president and COO. "Their leadership will help us build on our Customer 1st strategy to enhance customer loyalty, accelerate our growth and deliver shareholder value."
Going, who joined the company in 1981, has held a number of leadership positions at the store, district and division level before advancing to his current position, president of the Michigan division, in 2007. The Nashville division will include more than 11,800 associates working in 63 stores in the Nashville area and 28 stores in the Knoxville, Tenn., and Huntsville, Ala., markets.
Kaufman joined Kroger in 1994 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including as Kroger's senior director of logistics, before he was named to his current role, group VP of Kroger manufacturing, in 2007. The Louisville division will include nearly 15,000 associates working in 98 Kroger stores in Kentucky, southern Illinois and southern Indiana.
Homco joined Kroger in 1978. She was promoted to VP of merchandising for the company's QFC division in 2004 and took on her current role, VP of merchandising for Kroger's Southwest Division, in 2007. The Michigan division includes nearly 16,000 associates working in 129 Kroger supermarkets in Michigan.
Sharp joined Kroger in 2011 in her current role as VP of operations for Kroger manufacturing. Previously, she served as VP of manufacturing for the Sara Lee Corporation. In that role, Sharp led manufacturing and logistics operations for the central region of the company's U.S. Fresh Bakery Division. In her new role, Sharp will oversee approximately 7,000 associates working in 37 food processing plants in the United States.
Kroger operates 2,419 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's.