CINCINNATI, Dec. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today the promotion of Lynn Gust as president of the company's Fred Meyer Stores division. Fred Meyer Stores, based in Portland, Ore., offers one-stop shopping at 133 multi-department stores Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Mr. Gust, 59, has been senior vice president of operations since 2011. He started his career with Fred Meyer as a parcel clerk in 1970. Throughout his more than 40 years at the company he has served in a variety of leadership roles, including vice president of the Food Group and senior vice president of the Store Operations Group. In 2006, Mr. Gust was named executive vice president of Corporate Merchandising and Advertising. "Lynn's long history with Fred Meyer and deep knowledge of our business will serve our customers well," said Rodney McMullen, president and chief operating officer of Kroger. "His passion for our employees and customers make him a great fit to carry on the Fred Meyer tradition." Gust was born and raised in Vancouver, Wash. He is a member of the Portland State University Food Industry Leadership Center Advisory Board; on the board of directors of the Western Association of Food Chains; and on the board of directors of the Northwest Grocery Association. He is also a past chair of the Board of Directors of Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. He and his wife live in Portland and have four children. Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs more than 339,000 associates who serve customers in 2,422 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 790 convenience stores, 344 fine jewelry stores, 1,141 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 160 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber's Million Dollar Club. Fred Meyer Stores, a division of The Kroger Co. based in Portland, Ore., offers one-stop shopping at its 133 multi-department stores in four western states. Nearly 30,000 Fred Meyer associates help customers fill their food, apparel, and general merchandise needs in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Stores range in size from 65,000 to 200,000 square feet and carry more than 250,000 products under one roof. Fred Meyer Stores and its employees contribute more than $4 million to communities across the Northwest each year through corporate donations, sponsorships and grants from the Fred Meyer Fund. The company also donates more than $3 million pounds product to food banks in the Northwest each year. SOURCE The Kroger Co.