Rising up the ladder is Ken DeLuca, Kroger’s previous Vice President of Operations for the Dillons Division. He was recently promoted to his new role of President of the Michigan Division, effective August 1st, succeeding Scott Hays, who was promoted earlier this month to President of the Cincinnati/Dayton Division role.
DeLuca has much experience with Kroger, having begun his career in the Michigan Division in 1988 as a Store Clerk. Once he graduated from Detroit-based Wayne State University, DeLuca went through Kroger’s management training program in 1990. He then flourished in a number of leadership positions in the Michigan Division, holding roles as Store Manager, Grocery Coordinator, Category Management, Labor Relations Manager, Human Resources Director, and Operations District Manager, according to a press release.
DeLuca’s cyclical Kroger journey then led him to his Operations District Manager role for the Columbus Division in 2004, Retail Operations Vice President for the Dillons Division in 2005, and then Vice President of Merchandizing in 2008, before he was promoted to his previous role as Dillons Division’s Vice President of Operations in 2018. Now, he has landed back in his old Michigan Division stomping grounds.
“In his 30 years with the company, Ken has shown not only an aptitude for running a grocery business, but also a passion for connecting with our customers and our associates and creating an uplifting shopping experience in our stores,” said Rodney McMullen, Chairman and CEO. “He is ready to lead our Michigan division to continued success, as we work together to deliver on our Restock Korger plan.”
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