Jayne Homco will retire as president of Kroger’s Michigan division effective Sept. 30 following 42 years of service, the Cincinnati-based grocer announced Sept. 5.
Homco will be succeeded by Scott Hays, who currently serves as VP of operations for the company’s Fry’s division in Arizona.
Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO, said of Homco, “In her more than 40 years with Kroger, Jayne has touched the lives of countless customers and associates, and her dedication to the community—especially her work with feeding the hungry, education and women’s health—has been an example to us all. We are grateful for Jayne’s many contributions over the years and wish her and her family the best in retirement.”
Homco began her Kroger career in 1975 as a store clerk in Kroger’s Central division in Indianapolis. She spent time in store management roles in the division before relocating to the company’s Dillons division in Kansas in 1998 as a deli/bakery merchandiser. She went on to hold several leadership positions in Dillons and multiple Kroger divisions, before being promoted to VP of merchandising for the QFC division in Bellevue, Washington, in 2004. She was named to the same position for Kroger’s Southwest division in 2007. She was promoted to her current role in the Michigan division in 2013.
During her four years in Michigan, Homco has been “passionate about ending food insecurity, helping raise and contribute more than $7.5 million dollars to area food banks and rescuing more than 19.2 million pounds of healthy foods from Kroger stores,” Kroger says. “Ms. Homco also dedicated her time to Detroit’s American Cancer Society and made women’s health a top priority, as she led the division to raise more than $1.2 million under her tenure.”
She is a member of the Network of Executive Women, serves on the board of directors for Forgotten Harvest, the board of advisors for Michigan Business & Professional Association—Women and Leadership in the Workplace, board of directors for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and board of advisors for the Michigan Food and Beverage Association. Homco and her husband, Daniel, are retiring to Texas where they also have plans to travel, play golf, take culinary classes and more.
Hays takes role Oct. 1
Hays becomes president of the Michigan division effective Oct. 1.
“Scott has been a tremendous asset to Kroger since coming on board earlier this year,” said McMullen. “His dedicated leadership is best exemplified by his passion for supporting our associates and customers.”
Hays joined Kroger in April 2017 in his current role. He came to Kroger from Albertsons, where he began his grocery career in 1983 as a grocery clerk in Provo, Utah. He was promoted to a store director and then held positions of increasing responsibility throughout Albertsons’ footprint, including district manager, area VP and division VP leading the company’s San Antonio division and was “instrumental” in developing the Texas and Louisiana markets for Albertsons. He also served as the VP of operations for Jewel Osco in the Chicagoland market and, in his last role, was division president for Albertsons Dallas-Fort Worth market.