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Kenny Kimball, VP of operations for Kroger's Smith's division, has been named to lead the banner as president, effective April 30. He succeeds Jay Cummins, who announced his retirement in February.
Kimball joined Smith's in 1984 as a courtesy clerk, and subsequently served as store manager, district manager and bakery director.
In 2009, Kimball was named Smith's senior VP of sales and merchandising, VP of merchandising for the Ralphs division in 2012, and VP of operations for Ralphs in 2013. Kimball most recently served on special assignment at Kroger's general office in 2015, before taking on his current role in February.
"Kenny's passion for developing associates and his commitment to putting our customers first will further accelerate growth in our important Smith's division markets," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "Kenny brings to this role leadership experience at all levels of our business and a record of success as both an operator and a merchandiser. We look forward to his leadership as president of Smith's."
Cincinnati-based Kroger's Smith's division operates 138 stores throughout seven western states.