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03/01/2021

Kroger COO to retire

Marianne Wilson
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Mike Donnelly
Mike Donnelly

A 42-year Kroger veteran is stepping down.

The Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Mike Donnelly, executive VP and COO, after effective later this spring. A succession plan will be announced at a later date.

Donnelly, who began his career as a clerk at Fry's Food Stores in California in 1978, was promoted to his current role as COO in 2017. During his years at Kroger, he held a wide variety of leadership role, including serving as president of the Ralphs division in 2007. He was named senior VP of merchandising for Kroger in 2011, and was named executive VP in 2015.

"With his relentless focus on the customer, Mike has led the organization to prioritize what is most important to their experience – full shelves, fresh foods and friendly associates," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "He energizes our teams to deliver results and the best experience for every customer, every time. Importantly, Mike has mentored and developed countless associates, inspiring them to grow and reach their greatest potential – many of whom are in key leadership roles across the organization. His passion for people and developing world class teams will be one of his lasting legacies.”