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Supermarket giant names new retail lead


Kroger Co. has made changes in its executive team, including naming a new retail VP.

Calvin Kaufman was named senior VP of retail divisions. He will replace Sukanya Madlinger, who is retiring in June. Madlinger has been with Kroger for 31 years.

Kaufman, who currently serves as president of Kroger's Louisville division, joined Kroger in 1994 in the Fred Meyer logistics group in Portland, Ore. He served Fred Meyer in several different logistics roles, including group VP of Fred Meyer logistics.

Kaufman also served in several leadership roles with Kroger's logistics team before being named president of Kroger Manufacturing and Corporate Brands in 2008. He was named president of the Louisville Division in 2013.

Kroger appointed Ann Reed to succeed Kaufman as president of Kroger's Louisville division. Reed currently serves as VP, Customer 1st Promise division at the company's general office.

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