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    Kroger's Manka Named to Bush's Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.

    CINCINNATI-- Rich Manka, v.p./pension investment officer for The Kroger Co. here, has been tapped by President George W. Bush to serve on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) advisory committee.

    CINCINNATI-- Rich Manka, v.p./pension investment officer for The Kroger Co. here, has been tapped by President George W. Bush to serve on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) advisory committee.

    "Rich is a trusted member of Kroger's leadership team and his expertise in pension systems will be a benefit to the millions of Americans who rely on the services of the PBGC," said David B. Dillon, Kroger chairman/c.e.o.

    Manka joined Kroger in 1982 as an investment manager for retirement plans and has since held several positions of increasing responsibility. In his current role, he is responsible for the guidance, control and administration of the company's pension investments. As a trustee and chair of the investment committee for the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Pension Fund, Manka is Kroger's representative to its largest multi- employer pension plan.

    "We congratulate Rich on this honor and thank him for the services he provides to our company and our associates," said Dillon.

    Prior to joining Kroger, Manka was an accountant for companies in Wichita and Hutchinson, Kan. He holds bachelor's degrees in accounting and business administration and a master's in accounting from the University of Kansas. Manka and his wife Judy, who reside in Hutchinson, Kan., have three children and five grandchildren.

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