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Kroger’s Dennis Gibson has been promoted to president of the grocer’s Seattle-based QFC division, succeeding Joe Fey, who was named president of the Mid-Atlantic division in January.
Gibson, who brings 38 years of retail industry experience to his new role, began his career in 1976 with Grand Central discount department stores in Salt Lake City, Utah. He joined Fred Meyer in 1984, where he held leadership roles including store and district management, regional director and group VP for store operations. In 2011, Gibson was named VP of operations of Kroger's Columbus Division, and in 2013 was named VP of merchandising.
"Dennis's experience in both merchandising and retail operations make him a great fit to lead the QFC team," said Mike Ellis, Kroger's president and COO. "Dennis is a strong executive with tremendous dedication to our customers and commitment to our associates. We look forward to the leadership and expertise he will bring to the division."
Cincinnati-based Kroger operates 2,641 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banners including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's.