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The Kroger Co. has appointed four executive vice presidents to lead key lines of business, including the former chief of acquired banner Harris Teeter, who will lead all of the Cinicnnati-based grocer's retail operations
Fred Morganthall has been named EVP of retail operations; Mike Donnelly has been named EVP of merchandising; Chris Hjelm has been named EVP and CIO; and Mike Schlotman has been named EVP and CFO.
"Kroger is fortunate to have an exceptionally strong group of leaders across our company," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "Our entire senior leadership team brings unmatched depth and experience to achieve our goals. This new organizational structure will help Kroger achieve laser-focus to accelerate growth, improve our connection with customers and deliver value for shareholders."
Depth of leadership
Morganthall, formerly senior VP of retail divisions, will lead all supermarket retail operations for Kroger. Under this new structure, Kroger's three senior vice presidents responsible for retail divisions will report to him. Morganthall began his career in grocery retail in 1978 with Spartan Stores in Michigan and joined Harris Teeter in 1986, eventually rising to president. He joined Kroger in 2014 as part of the Kroger-Harris Teeter merger and was promoted to his current position in June.
Donnelly, formerly senior VP, will continue to lead the company's merchandising, procurement and marketing teams. He has additional responsibility for digital, manufacturing and corporate brands, supply chain, culinary innovation, The Little Clinic and Vitacost. Donnelly joined the company at Fry's Food Stores in California in 1978 and was promoted to his current position in 2011.
Hjelm, formerly senior VP and chief information officer, will continue to serve as CIO and lead Kroger technology, research & development, and the company's customer connect and support centers. In this expanded role, he will take on additional responsibilities for 84.51 degrees, indirect sourcing and corporate travel. Hjelm joined Kroger in 2005.
Schlotman, formerly senior VP and chief financial officer, will continue to serve as CFO. In this expanded role, he will take on additional responsibilities for convenience stores, jewelry stores, data integrity and risk management. Schlotman joined the company in 1985; he was promoted to CFO in 2000.