Kroger corporate affairs VP Lynn Marmer to retire

Lynn Marmer, group VP of corporate affairs for Kroger, is retiring in early 2016. She has worked for Kroger for 18 years, starting as a senior attorney in the legal department in 1997.

Marmer was the first female corporate officer at Kroger when she was appointed to VP of corporate affairs, just one year after starting at the company. She also serves as the president of The Kroger Foundation.

In her role, Marmer oversaw brand and reputation management; external communications and brand public relations; media; government and regulatory affairs; corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability; community relations and customer service centers; crisis management; cause-marketing and corporate philanthropy.

"Lynn has been a trusted counselor and advisor to three CEOs during a period of significant change in food retail. We wish her and her family all the best in retirement," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO.

Marmer is responsible for expanding Kroger's growth in supplier diversity program to $1 billion annually, creating a national program of fresh food rescue that donates meals to food banks across the United States, and executing four award-winning marketing campaigns that contributed millions of dollars to Kroger's community programs. These programs led Forbes magazine to name Kroger the most generous company in American in 2011.

"Lynn has always appreciated the power of our industry to connect with people's everyday lives. Her leadership has helped advance Kroger as a leader in community engagement—especially through our partnership with local food banks—and in sustainability, customer relations, and always connecting our external relations efforts to our Customer 1st business strategy," McMullen said.

Marmer is a member of several nonprofit boards and civic groups, including the Cincinnati Zoo's board, Interact for Health, Cincinnati Regional Business Committee, the Finance Committee of the Center City Development Corporation, Leadership Scholars, Cincinnati Business Committee Education Task Force and is chair of the Port Authority of Greater Cincinnati.

The replacement for Marmer has yet to be announced. Press Release