Kroger announced the retirement of Mike Donnelly, executive vice president and COO, after more than 42 years of distinguished service, effective later this spring. The company will announce a succession plan at a later date.
“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. We wish Mike and his family all the best in retirement.”
Donnelly began his career as a clerk at Fry’s Food Stores in California in 1978, where he advanced to several leadership positions, including district management.
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In 1995, he was named vice president of merchandising for Fry’s. He was promoted to president of the Fry’s division in 2000. He then served as Kroger’s senior vice president of drug/GM merchandising before returning to lead the Fry’s division as president in 2003. Donnelly was named president of the Ralphs division in 2007 and promoted to senior vice president of merchandising for Kroger in 2011.
Donnelly was promoted to executive vice president in 2015 and his current role as COO in 2017. As COO, he has responsibility for Operations, Merchandising, Marketing, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Kroger Health.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, The Kroger Co. is one of the largest retailers in the United States, serving nearly 11 million customers a day in 35 states and the District of Columbia. The company operates 2,757 grocery retail stores under a variety of banner names with nearly 500,000 employees. It also operates 35 food production or manufacturing facilities producing high-quality private-label products that provide value for customers and enhanced Kroger margins.