Kroger Promotes Joe Kelley to Houston Division President

Kelley, who previously served as vice president, succeeds Marlene Stewart, who is retiring from Kroger after 42 years with the company. Kelley joined Kroger earlier this year on special assignment to transform the grocery chain’s customer experience through new technologies, such as self-driving delivery vehicles.

“I am deeply honored to have been selected as the Kroger Houston division president and look forward to creating higher levels of engagement and collaboration with an already strong team at Kroger,” Kelley said in a statement. “Today’s consumer landscape creates tremendous opportunities for Kroger to further expand and deepen relationships with our customers through superior customer service that exceeds expectations.”

Prior to joining Kroger, Kelley held leadership roles with Ahold USA, Stop & Shop, Marsh Supermarkets and Price Chopper Supermarkets. He most recently was a business consultant for grocers.

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