There have been some big changes on the Kroger front these days, as its executive team undergoes massive rearrangement. Effective September 1st, Atlanta Division President Bruce Lucia is retiring from his role after spending 44 years with the company. Current Cincinnati/Dayton Division President Tom Brown will succeed Lucia, and, in turn, Scott Hays—current Michigan Division President—will take on Brown’s position.
"In his more than 40 years with Kroger, Bruce has earned the admiration and respect of his teammates by forging real, genuine connections with associates and customers," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's Chairman and CEO. "Bruce has been a tremendous mentor to countless associates throughout our business. He will leave a legacy of strong, hard-working teams who care about each other. We wish Bruce and his family all the best in retirement."
Lucia has been with Kroger since 1974, when he began his journey with the company as a clerk. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Lucia moved up the company’s ladder, holding roles as Store Manager, Field Specialist, and District Management in the Atlanta Division. Lucia held leadership roles in Nashville, Central, Columbus, and Michigan Divisions between 1987 and 1996. He was named Michigan Division President in 1996, according to a press release. One year later, he transitioned into the role of Columbus Division President.
Lucia moved back to Atlanta when he took on his most current role in 2000. There, he has become active with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, ALS Association, Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Special Olympics of Georgia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, MDA, Boy Scouts of America, and United Way. Lucia and his wife, Tammy, are looking forward to traveling, playing golf, and spending quality time with family now that he will be retiring.
Brown will step into his new role as Atlanta Division President come August 1st.
"Tim is passionate about our customers, our associates, and our community and dedicated to our purpose, To Feed the Human Spirit," McMullen said. "His leadership in supporting Restock Kroger will continue to drive business results in our Atlanta Division and help us achieve our vision to serve America through food inspiration and uplift."
Joining Kroger at 17, Brown has spent much of his life dedicated to Kroger and its growth. In 1981, Brown moved into management training, and he has since held leadership roles in nine Kroger retail divisions. Brown held the following positions: Vice President of Meat, Seafood, and Deli/Bakery Operations in General Office, Vice President of Merchandising in both Columbus and Atlanta Divisions, Vice President of Operations for the Mid-Atlantic Division, President of the Delta Division, and, finally, his current role, President of Cincinnati/Dayton Division.
Hays will fill Brown’s current title and become President of Cincinnati/Dayton Division. There has been no word of a successor for Hays’ current role as President of Michigan Division. Hays become Vice President of Operations for the Fry’s Division when he joined the company in April of 2017. He then stepped into his most recent role in September of the same year.
"In just a short time with the company, Scott has already made a lasting impact," McMullen shared. "Scott's passion for people and wealth of grocery and retail experience makes him an ideal leader for Kroger as we work to redefine the customer experience. We look forward to Scott's leadership of Restock Kroger in our Cincinnati/Dayton division."
Hays’ experience is far-reaching within the food retail industry. He began his career in 1983 as a grocery clerk at the Provo, Utah, Albertsons. From there, he went through a series of promotions at that company: Store Director, District Manager, Area Vice President, and Division Vice President for Albertsons’ San Antonio Division. He helped develop Texas and Louisiana markets for Albertsons, and he served as Vice President of Operations for Jewel Osco in Chicagoland Market and Division President for Albertsons’ Dallas-Fort Worth Market. After that, he stepped into his first role at Kroger, where he has thrived.
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