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    Kroger Names Veteran Execs to Key Management Positions

    CINCINNATI - The Kroger Co. has named four veteran executives to key management positions within the company, including Fred Meyer Stores.

    CINCINNATI - The Kroger Co. has named four veteran executives to key management positions within the company, including Fred Meyer Stores.

    Robert E. Zincke, 59, has been promoted to senior VP, with responsibility for several retail divisions. He has held a number of significant positions during his 38-year career at Kroger. For the past 12 years, he has been president of Kroger's Southwest Division, which operates 212 stores in Texas and Louisiana. He joined Kroger as a management trainee in 1964.

    William H. Breetz Jr., 48, has been promoted to president of Kroger's Southwest Division. He has been executive VP of that division for two years, with responsibility for operations. Prior to that, he served as vice president of merchandising for Kroger's Cincinnati Division. Breetz joined Kroger as a clerk in 1972 and later was promoted to store management and merchandising positions. He will be based in Houston.

    Kroger unit Fred Meyer Stores has appointed Darrell Webb as president of the 133-store chain. Webb, 44, has 22 years of experience with Fred Meyer and The Kroger Co. Since 1999, he has served as president of Quality Food Centers, a division of Kroger that operates 86 stores in Washington and Oregon. Prior to that, he was group VP of national procurement for Kroger, with responsibility for integrating buying and merchandising strategies across the company. He joined Fred Meyer in 1980 as a management trainee in store operations. Webb later held a variety of management positions in merchandising and was named senior vice president of the Food Group at Fred Meyer in 1998.

    The company said a new president will be named at QFC, another Kroger unit, at a later date.

    Finally, Michael J. Donnelly, 44, has been promoted from group VP to senior VP at Kroger, with continued responsibility for drug/GM merchandising and procurement. Before being named group VP in 2001, Donnelly had been president of Fry's, a division of Kroger based in Arizona, since March 2000. Prior to that, Donnelly served as VP of merchandising at Fry's for five years. He began his career at Fry's Food Stores of California in 1978.

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