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The Kroger Co.’s chairman and CEO, David B. Dillon, has been awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award upon nomination by the Dan Beard Council and the Boy Scouts of America.
The award is granted to Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years, have distinguished themselves in their life work and who have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis.
“I am humbled and honored to receive this recognition,” said Dillon. “Scouting has meant a great deal in my life. It teaches us how to be better leaders and how to be good followers – both of which are necessary skills to be successful in almost any endeavor. I am grateful to the Boy Scouts of America for helping to set a tremendous foundation in my life and for helping so many young men across America do the same.”
The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award was established in 1969, and since that time more than 1,850 nominations have been approved. Only the local council of the Eagle Scout’s primary residence may nominate.
The Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., one of the world's largest retailers, employs more than 339,000 associates who serve customers in 2,422 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. The company also operates 790 convenience stores, 344 fine jewelry stores, 1,141 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S.
Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations. The nation's largest supermarket chain also contributes food and funds equal to 160 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber's Million Dollar Club.