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 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 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.
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.
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.”