Kroger Creates Two New Divisions, Names Senior Leaders

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The Kroger Co. has established two new supermarket divisions—one in Nashville, Tenn., and another in Louisville, Ky.

“Opportunities for growth in Tennessee, northern Alabama, Kentucky and southern Illinois and Indiana inspired us to take this path,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s president and COO. “We believe this move will enable our associates to do what they do best—meet the needs of our local customers and neighbors, our communities and each other.”

Rick Going
Rick Going

Rick Going will lead the Nashville division as its president. Going currently is president of the Michigan division. He joined the company in 1981 and has held a number of leadership positions at the store, district and division level before advancing to his current position in 2007.

The Nashville division will include more than 11,800 associates working in 63 stores in the Nashville area and 28 stores in the Knoxville, Tenn., and Huntsville, Ala., markets.

Calvin Kaufman
Calvin Kaufman

Calvin Kaufman will lead the Louisville division as its president. Kaufman currently is group VP of Kroger manufacturing. He joined Kroger in 1994 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including as Kroger’s senior director of logistics, before he was named to his current role in 2007.

The Louisville division will include nearly 15,000 associates working in 98 Kroger stores in Kentucky, southern Illinois and southern Indiana.

Replacing Going and Kaufman, respectively, are Jayne Homco and Erin Sharp.

Jayne Homco
Jayne Homco

Homco will lead the Michigan division as president. She currently is VP of merchandising for Kroger’s Southwest division. Homco joined Kroger in 1978. She was promoted to VP of merchandising for the company’s QFC division in 2004 and took on her current role in 2007.

The Michigan division includes nearly 16,000 associates working in 129 Kroger supermarkets in Michigan.

Erin Sharp
Erin Sharp

Sharp will serve as group VP of Kroger manufacturing. She currently is VP of operations for Kroger manufacturing. Sharp joined Kroger in 2011 in her current role. Previously, she served as VP of manufacturing for Sara Lee Corp. In that role, she led manufacturing and logistics operations for the central region of the company’s U.S. fresh bakery division. In her new role, Sharp will oversee approximately 7,000 associates working in 37 food processing plants in the U.S.

“Rick, Calvin, Jayne and Erin bring to their new roles a passion for customers and proven experience leading teams to deliver consistently strong performance,” said McMullen. “Their leadership will help us build on our Customer 1st strategy to enhance customer loyalty, accelerate our growth and deliver shareholder value.”



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A former newspaper editor and publisher who has handled digital duties for The Shelby Report since 2011. She once enjoyed leisurely perusing the grocery store aisles but, since having a baby in 2016, is now an enthusiastic click-and-collect shopper.


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  2. David Rodriguez

    I would like to e-mail President Jayne Homeco, of Kroger .Great Lakes Division
    I understand I could perhaps write to her at the address
    40399 Grand River Avenue
    Novi, Michigan 48375

    I can be reached at
    David Rodriguez
    17105 Dora
    Melvindale, Michigan 48122
    PS: 313-908-7196 Sincerely David Rodriguez

    1. David Rodriguez

      This has to do with been reinstated to my part time job of Kroger
      Which I have every reason to believe I was unjustly discharge, It was said I had missed to many days. It was not the reason I was discharge. The union try to help, and Joe Clark our union representative said it was still being in grievance. This is taking to much time. I have documentation from the clinic of Concentra Medical Centers { MI } Result Status
      Able to perform essentials
      No medical restrictions

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