CINCINNATI, Oct. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co.
(NYSE: KR) today announces the retirement of Jerry Clontz – president of the Mid-Atlantic
division – after more than 48 years of service with the Kroger
family of companies. Paula Ginnett,
currently a vice president, will assume the role, effective
"Jerry has been an outstanding leader and colleague over his
nearly five decades with the organization," said Mike Donnelly, Kroger's executive vice president
and COO. "His passion for both people and results has been
exemplified throughout his career. We applaud his mentorship and
development of associates and teams across our family of
Jerry Clontz Announces Retirement
Harris Teeter in 1971 as a bagger in
North Carolina. Since then, he has
held various retail positions, including store manager, store
director and field specialist. He was named a district manager in
1991 and then promoted to regional director three years later.
In 1997, he was named a regional vice president. Clontz
contributed to Harris Teeter's
successful expansion to several markets during his tenure,
including Washington, D.C.,
Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland and Coastal Delaware. He was
named senior vice president of operations in 2007, and under his
leadership, Harris Teeter added 79
new stores. In 2017, Jerry was named to his current role.
Paula Ginnett Named President of the Mid-Atlantic
"Paula is well-respected in the industry for being
both a dynamic leader and a top retail strategist," continued
Donnelly. "She brings more than 25 years of retail experience to
her new role as president of our Mid-Atlantic division. We look
forward to her leadership in redefining the grocery customer
experience, developing talent and living our purpose."
Ginnett joined Kroger after more than 25 years with Walmart
Inc. For the past five years, she served as vice president,
regional general manager for Walmart U.S., based in Phoenix. In her most recent role, Ginnett led
188 stores and 45,000 employees. Previously, she served as vice
president, store planning where she led Walmart U.S. and Sam's Club
real estate execution for new store openings, remodels and special
projects. She has also held various leadership positions in
merchandising and operations.
Ginnett graduated from Capella
University with a Bachelor of Science in Business
Administration. She's been a dedicated community leader and
contributor throughout her career, volunteering with the American
Cancer Society—Making Strides, American Heart Association,
Children's Miracle Network and Susan G. Komen—Race for the
Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division operates 110 stores across five
states and employs more than 15,000 associates who serve America
through food inspiration and uplift.
To download Clontz and Ginnett's headshots, visit here.
At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are dedicated to our
Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. We are, across our family
of companies, nearly half a million associates who serve over 11
million customers daily through a seamless digital shopping
experience and 2,759 retail food stores under a variety
of banner names, serving America through food inspiration and
uplift, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To
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