The Kroger Co. on Tuesday said current Dillons President Joe Grieshaber has been named president of Kroger’s Columbus Division, replacing Bruce Macaulay, who is retiring after 42 years with the Cincinnati-based grocery giant.
“Joe is an accomplished leader with a diverse background and expertise in our fresh departments,” said Mike Ellis, Kroger’s president and COO. “His strong values and engagement with our associates will ensure continued growth and success in our Columbus division. We are looking forward to Joe’s continued leadership.”
Grieshaber, 57, began his career with Kroger in 1983 as a store management trainee in Nashville, Tennessee. He has served in a variety of leadership roles with Kroger, including meat merchandiser, district manager and as VP of merchandising for the Columbus division. In 2003, he was named group VP of perishables merchandising and procurement, where he was responsible for fresh and natural foods throughout Kroger’s family of stores. He has served in his current role as president of Hutchinson, Kansas-based Dillons since 2010.
Grieshaber has actively supported community organizations throughout his career. He serves on the boards of the Hutchinson Regional Health Care System, state and local chambers of commerce and the local United Way. He and his wife Vickie have three grown daughters.
Kroger said Grieshaber’s successor will be named at a later date.