Kroger Appoints Mark Tuffin To Head Retail Division

Kroger (NYSE: KR) has appointed Mark Tuffin to senior vice president of retail divisions, succeeding Michael Ellis who will become Kroger's president and chief operating officer on Jan. 1.

Tuffin most recently served as president of Kroger's Smith's Food and Drug Stores division, a role he has held since 2011. Tuffin joined Kroger in 2009, when he was named vice president of transition. In this role, he led the company's efforts to implement significant organizational changes between all areas of the business.

Prior to joining Smith's in 1996, Tuffin worked in various positions with other supermarket retailers for over 32 years.

"Mark is an exceptional leader with an extensive knowledge of the grocery industry," Ellis said in a statement. "He has made significant contributions to our company and industry, while always championing our Customer 1st strategy. We look forward to Mark's leadership in this senior role as we continue to accelerate Kroger's growth."

Kroger operates more than 780 convenience stores, along with roughly 2,400 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen banner names. In September, Kroger, the nation's largest grocery store chain, reported that its second-quarter profit climbed, with revenue increasing 4.6 percent year-over-year to $22.7 billion and same-store sales 3.3 percent higher than a year ago.

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