Kroger’s QFC division has a new president

Kroger has promoted Dennis Gibson to president of the QFC division. He succeeds Joe Fey, who was named president of Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division in January.

Gibson has been serving as VP merchandising in Kroger's Columbus division.

"Dennis's experience in both merchandising and retail operations make him a great fit to lead the QFC team," said Mike Ellis, Kroger's president and COO. "Dennis is a strong executive with tremendous dedication to our customers and commitment to our associates. We look forward to the leadership and expertise he will bring to the division."

Gibson brings 38 years of retail industry experience to his new role. He began his career in 1976 with Grand Central discount department stores in Salt Lake City, Utah. He joined Fred Meyer in 1984, where he held leadership roles of increasing responsibility for the next 27 years, including store and district management, regional director and group VP for store operations. In 2011, Gibson was named VP operations in Kroger's Columbus Division, and in 2013 he was named to VP merchandising.

Gibson and his family will relocate to Seattle. QFC operates 66 stores in Oregon and Washington. It is headquartered in Seattle.