Donnelly, along with Mike Schlotman, executive vice president and CFO, and Chris Hjelm, executive vice president and chief information officer, will drive the execution of Restock Kroger, the company’s recently announced plan to deliver value for customers and shareholders.
Donnelly began his career in 1978 at Fry’s Food Stores, where he served in a number of leadership positions, including vice president of merchandising and president. He also has served as Kroger’s senior vice president of drug/GM, president of the Ralphs division and senior vice president of merchandising. He assumed his current role in 2015.
“Mike and his team will help us redefine the food and grocery experience for customers and drive sales,” said Rodney McMullen, chairman and CEO of Kroger. “By bringing merchandising and operations together under Mike’s leadership, we will build synergies between our teams and accelerate our efforts to establish a truly seamless customer experience.”
“There are few people in our industry as widely respected as Fred,” McMullen said. “He worked tirelessly to establish the Harris Teeter brand and, after our merger, to help position Kroger for future success. We’ve all benefited from Fred’s passion for grocery retail and operational excellence. We are grateful for Fred’s distinguished service and many contributions to Kroger and Harris Teeter, and we wish him and his family all the best.”