Two life-long Kroger veterans named to SVP posts

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Wednesday announced a pair of executive appointments — Marnette Perry will assume the role of SVP strategic initiatives and operations, while Michael Ellis has been named SVP retail divisions.

"Marnette's experience in turning ideas into action in our floral and natural foods departments, and our faster checkout initiatives, will enhance the spirit of innovation at Kroger," stated Rodney McMullen, Kroger's president and COO. "[And] Mike's strong commitment to our customers and associates, paired with his dynamic leadership skills, make him a great fit for [his new] role."

Perry will lead Kroger's retail operations and several strategic initiatives, including efforts to reach value-conscious customers. In her previous role, she was responsible for eight supermarket divisions. Perry recently led the team responsible for Kroger's "faster checkout" rollout, which has reduced customer wait times at checkout from an average of four minutes to thirty seconds.

Perry joined Kroger in 1972 as a part-time cashier and has held many leadership positions during her Kroger career, including president of the Michigan and Columbus divisions.

Ellis has been president of the company's Fred Meyer division, based in Portland, Ore., since 2006. Since joining Fred Meyer at age 16, Mr. Ellis has held a number of leadership positions in the company, including VP Fred Meyer's food group and group VP