Kroger taps finance exec as investor relations head

Dan Berthiaume
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The Kroger Co. is promoting Rob Quast, director of insurance and claims, to a new position as head of investor relations.

Quast joined Kroger in 2013 as a financial manager in the corporate accounting department. In 2017, he was promoted to director of insurance and claims, where he was responsible for Kroger's global insurance strategy. Prior to Kroger, Quast spent time in Ernst & Young's assurance practice providing consultative services for companies in various industries, including healthcare, insurance, and manufacturing.

Quast succeeds Rebekah Manis, who has been promoted to lead new geographies, which includes leading Kroger's recent entry into Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, earning a bachelor's degree as well as a master's degree in accounting. Quast became a CPA in 2010 and graduated from Kroger's executive development leadership program in 2018.

"Rob is a seasoned financial professional and respected leader within Kroger," said Gary Millerchip, Kroger CFO. "Rob's experience will be invaluable as we continue to share our strategy for delivering strong and sustainable total shareholder returns with our investment community. We thank Rebekah for her relentless commitment and significant contributions to our investor community and look forward to her continued leadership within our new geographies.”

Kroger operates 2,800 retail food stores under a variety of banner names.