CINCINNATI, June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced it has named Rick Going president of the company's new Nashville division, Calvin Kaufman president of the new Louisville division, Jayne Homco president of the Michigan division, and Erin Sharp group vice president of Kroger manufacturing.
"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 Rodney McMullen, Kroger's president and chief operating officer. "Their leadership will help us build on our Customer 1 st strategy to enhance customer loyalty, accelerate our growth and deliver shareholder value."
Kroger today also announced the establishment of two new supermarket divisions, a Nashville division and a Louisville division.
"Opportunities for growth in Tennessee, northern Alabama, Kentucky, and Southern Illinois and Indiana inspired us to take this path," Mr. McMullen said. "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 Named President of New Nashville Division Rick Going, currently president of the Michigan division, has been named president of Kroger's new Nashville division. Mr. Going, who joined the company in 1981, 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 Named President of New Louisville Division Calvin Kaufman, currently group vice president of Kroger manufacturing, has been named president of the company's new Louisville division. Mr. Kaufman 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.