The Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Michigan division President Jayne Homco after forty-two years of service.
Homco began her career at Kroger in 1975 as a store clerk in Kroger's Central division in Indianapolis. She spent time in store management roles before relocating to the company's Dillons division in Kansas in 1998 as a Deli/Bakery Merchandiser. She went on to hold several leadership positions in Dillons and multiple Kroger divisions, before being promoted to Vice President of Merchandising for the QFC division in 2004. She was named to the same position for Kroger's Southwest division in 2007 and was promoted to her current role in the Michigan division in 2013.
During her four years in Michigan, Homco was passionate about ending food insecurity, helping raise and contribute more than $7.5 million dollars to area food banks and rescuing more than 19.2 million pounds of healthy foods from Kroger stores. Homco also dedicated her time to Detroit's American Cancer Society and made women's health a top priority, as she led the division to raise more than $1.2 million under her tenure.
"In her more than forty years with Kroger, Jayne has touched the lives of countless customers and associates, and her dedication to the community–especially her work with feeding the hungry, education and women's health–has been an example to us all," said Rodney McMullen, Chairman and CEO. "We are grateful for Jayne's many contributions over the years and wish her and her family the best in retirement."
Homco’s successor Scott Hays joined Kroger in April 2017 in his current role as Vice President of Operations. He came to Kroger from Albertson's Inc., where he began his grocery career in 1983 as a grocery clerk in Provo, Utah. He was promoted to Store Director and then held positions of increasing responsibility throughout Albertson's Inc.'s footprint,including District Manager, Area Vice President and Division Vice President leading the company's San Antonio division.
"Scott has been a tremendous asset to Kroger since coming on board earlier this year," said McMullen. "His dedicated leadership is best exemplified by his passion for supporting our associates and customers."
Hays will become Kroger’s next President for the Michigan division beginning October 1.
Deli Market News would like to congratulate Homco her a long and successful career, and wish Hays the best moving forward.