CINCINNATI, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today the promotion of Robert Clark as group vice president of non-perishables. Mr. Clark, 47, has been vice president of merchandising at Fred Meyer since 2011. "Robert brings impactful leadership and extensive merchandising experience to our team," said Michael J. Donnelly, Kroger's senior vice president of merchandising. "His valuable knowledge of our customers across the country will further strengthen our strategic direction." Mr. Clark began his career with Kroger in 1985 as a courtesy clerk at Fry's Food Stores in Arizona. Since then, he has held various leadership positions, including store and district management, as well as in grocery merchandising. In 2002, Mr. Clark was promoted to vice president of merchandising at Fry's. In 2010, he was named vice president of operations for the Columbus Division before moving into his current position in October 2011. 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.