Former Ohio Gov. spokesman takes talents to Kroger

CINCINNATI -- Kroger has named Keith Dailey director external corporate communications. According to the company, Dailey will be oversee national media communications for Kroger, which operates 2,458 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names.

Serving as the spokesman for such a large company should come easy to Dailey. As the communications director for former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, he likely had his fair share of media issues to tackle.

Fortunately for Dailey generating good publicity for Kroger should be easy. The company reported that third-quarter revenue, including fuel, leaped 5.9% to $18.7 billion, the supermarket giant reported. Excluding fuel sales, total sales increased 3.1% in the third quarter, which ended Nov. 6, the company noted. Earnings per share for the company rose to 32 cents per share, totaling $202.2 million. During the same period last year, Kroger reported a net loss of $874.9 million, or $1.35 per diluted share, after the company's $1.05 billion write-down of its Ralphs division.

"Keith has a wealth of experience and talent and we're very pleased that he is joining the Kroger family," said Lynn Marmer, group VP corporate affairs.